JOPLIN, MO.--- From stolen cars to home break ins - one out of three victims has something in common, doors left unlocked. There have been more than 250 thefts from vehicles where doors were left unlocked. Whether you lock your door or not can also affect cases of car theft and home burglary. Joplin police point out that when doors are locked, it won't always prevent a crime - but it will make some criminals think twice.
"If they look in that vehicle and don't see anything in the open and the vehicle's locked, then that's a gamble as to whether they're going to get anything. So, they may move on to the next target," said Lt. Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department.
Officers say you can also help protect your car by putting anything left in the vehicle out of sight and by parking in a well lit area. It's especially important to keep that in mind this time of year as holiday shopping gets underway and police traditionally see a jump in thefts from vehicles.
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