MPD probe vehicle B&Es

Published 11:18 am Friday, November 18, 2011

MURFREESBORO — Law enforcement officers here are working diligently to solve a rash of vehicle break-ins.

Over the last two months the town has experienced 20 vehicle break-ins, according to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe.

“We’re working the case as hard as we can,” he said. “I feel we’ll find who is responsible soon.”

Unfortunately, the happy times of the holidays are also a busy time for thieves in not only breaking and entering crimes, but in targeting shoppers as well.

“Traditionally, property crime increases the closer we get to Christmas,” Rowe said.

Rowe offered the following tips to prevent a vehicle from being targeted by thieves:

  • Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle.
  • Try to park your vehicle under a well-lit area and try to park it close to your home.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

He also warned citizens to be cautious of their surroundings while shopping. Rowe suggested shoppers get their keys ready before they walk to their cars.

“Don’t stand there (at the car) fumbling with them (keys),” he said.

Rowe asked neighbors to look out for one another and to report any strange activity or person quickly.

“Don’t think you’re a bother (calling the police),” he said. “If you see anything suspicious, call us immediately, don’t wait.”

The Murfreesboro Police Department can be contacted at (252) 398-4151.