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Martin County Sheriff's Office warns public about auto break-ins

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 12:32:12-04

If you tend to leave valuables in your car, the Martin County Sheriff's Office has a warning for you.

The department posted aerial video of what it called auto burglary suspects shopping for property.

If they see something of value they will smash a window and take it, the sheriff's office said.

The video, taken by MCSO Air 1, was posted on Facebook.

In this particular case, the sheriff's office said the suspects sped off before deputies could arrest them.

To lessen the chance of becoming a crime victim, the sheriff's office posted these tips:

• Do not leave valuable items visible in your car.
• Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.
• Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.
• Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Make a copy of your registration and insurance, and keep them in your wallet or purse. Then remove all forms of identification from your vehicle. Anyone with permission to drive your vehicle should also have a copy of the registration and insurance with them to furnish to the police if necessary.
• Do not leave garage door openers in parked vehicles.
• Don’t think your property is safe just because you cover it with a sweater or a blanket
• If you see any suspicious activity or individuals, please call 911 and report
• Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint.
• If you are parking your vehicle for several days check on it periodically.

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