A string of car break-ins in our area is causing anxiety among some residents, and for some, it has been a hard lesson in locking the doors.
Thirty cars in Thomasville and nine in Thomas County have been broken into in the last week and a half. Two cars were stolen, but one has been recovered.
Several of the break-ins occurred in the High Colony Lane area, leaving residents there unsettled.
"It is absolutely scary and knowing that this could happen to you in the middle of the night and you know you are scared to of break-ins and to know someone is that close to you and you didn't know it, it's just really scary."
Anyone with information on this rash of car burglaries is asked to call the Thomas County Sheriff's Office at 229-225-3333.
How to Prevent a Carjacking
- Keep doors locked and windows shut.
- Don't stop to assist a disabled motorist. Instead contact a service station or police.
- When stopped at a light, leave enough room between you and the car in front that you could make an escape.
- Be suspicious of anyone approaching the car with fliers, asking for change or directions. Be ready to leave carefully, even if it means running a red light or stop sign.
- While driving, if struck from behind or in any suspicious way, stay in your vehicle with the doors locked and windows closed until the police arrive. Activate your vehicle's emergency flashers.
- If you're very suspicious, get the other vehicle's license number and drive to the nearest police station or a well-lighted area with lots of people.
- If you think you are being followed, drive immediately to an area with lots of lights and people. If possible, drive to the nearest law enforcement office.
- Obtain and use a cellular phone to call for help.
Source: http://www.almostheaven-lv.com/safety/carjack.html(Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office).