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Quincy police give tips to become less of a break-in target

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A rash of home and car burglaries has Quincy police concerned as residents all across the city are reporting break-ins.

With few clues to point them in the right direction, police are asking you to be on guard until the thieves are caught.

Police say these thieves are getting clever when it comes to finding ways to get in your home. In some cases, it's as easy as getting in your unlocked car, finding your garage remote, and they're inside your home.

The passenger side window of Quincy resident Lauren Vahlkamp's car was shattered early Monday morning by thieves, that made off with her driver's license and about $5 in change.
   
"I felt really violated because nobody wants anyone to go into their car. It's just really scary knowing that someone could easily break-in they can do that to your house, they can do that to anything," Vahlkamp said.
   
Just down the street, Amy Terstriep's family car was targeted too. Among the things taken, were over $100 and credit cards.
   
"The thing that's the most frustrating about it, is you work really really hard and somebody comes in and steals things from you," Terstriep said. "You feel safe that you live in a nice neighborhood and everything is locked up and then someone comes in and takes that from you."
   
Quincy Deputy Police Chief Curt Kelty says the department has dealt with 16 home break-ins and 33 vehicle burglaries just in the past month.
   
"There are multiple groups operating we're trying to keep an eye open all over town to see what we can come up with and develop some leads," Kelty said.
   
Kelty says there isn't one specific part of town that's being targeted, or even a time of day the crimes are occurring. That's why residents need to to be on the lookout.

"One thing that really helps us solve these is when people report suspicious activity, or if they hear of something being sold that they think might be stolen. Sometimes we can take that information and work it back," Kelty said.

Another thing Kelty says to do to prevent being a target is to walk around your house like a burglar would, look for any valuables in plain sight, and move them.
Also, make sure to lock all your windows and doors, as that's how many of the thieves are getting into homes.



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