A would-be thief was caught on video getting off a bike and walking toward this truck the night of June 25. (WSMV)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
The summer months bring more than just hot weather; police say they also bring out criminals. There has been a recent spike in car break-ins in Murfreesboro, and the problem is seemingly getting worse.
Rick, who didn't want Channel 4 to use his last name for safety reasons, is one of the most recent victims.
"How does a person have to get to that point that they feel like they have to go and take something that someone else has worked for?" Rick said.
He lives just a few blocks from downtown, and his home is equipped with several video cameras.
A would-be thief was caught on video getting off a bike and walking toward his truck the night of June 25. The man rummages through the vehicle, but takes nothing.
"It's an invasion of your privacy when somebody just goes through your things," Rick said.
June was a busy month for Murfreesboro police trying to catch car burglars.
"A lot of time these types of crimes are what we call a 'crime of opportunity,' they will spike in the summertime," said police Major Clyde Adkison.
For example, in May, there were 44 vehicle burglaries in the city, and that number nearly doubled in June to 81.
"We don't want to see a spike in any type of crime, it can always happen," Adkison said.
There was also an increase in thefts from vehicles, with 52 in May and 66 in June.
If the current trend continues, it could be a record year.
"People just think if I got it in my car and it's locked up, it'll be safe, but what they have to remember is out-of-sight, out-of-mind," Adkison said.
They've had to increase patrols all over the city.
"We're not just reacting to the victim of a crime, but trying to patrol the neighbors and businesses and looking for potential criminals," Adkison said.
Police are encouraging residents to lock all of their vehicle doors and never leave anything of value in plain sight.
Police said the department's Directed Patrol Units are targeting areas of the city where these vehicle break-ins are occurring, and they have already made a few arrests.
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