Columbia car break-ins increase during the Holidays; Columbia Po - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Columbia car break-ins increase during the Holidays; Columbia Police Chief offers tips for prevention

Car break-ins have increased over the last few weeks in Columbia which the police chief said is pretty common this time of year.

Columbia Police Chief Clint McMurry said most auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Often people just forget to lock their cars. Around the holidays with guests visiting bad guys know there may be presents or other valuables left in cars.

There are some simple, common sense tips to abide by.

  1. Always secure, hide, or remove valuable items like electronics, wallets, fire arms, gifts, etc. from the car before going inside. Thieves are looking for small, expensive items they can grab quickly.
  2. Double check to see if all car doors are locked. Often thieves will just move on from a locked vehicle that doesn't have valuables in plain sight.
  3. If suspicious or out-of-the ordinary people are wandering around a neighborhood they don't live in, it should be reported. Often it is after a night where several cars have been broken into that people remember suspicious individuals in an area.
  4. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you park in an area with dim lighting and there is a street lamp right up the street consider parking there.
  5. For those traveling during the holidays make every effort to appear as if you were home. Leave a few lights on. Have neighbors pick up the mail and newspaper. Leave the yard appearing well attended to.

Chief McMurry said the best prevention can be as simple as taking a little extra time to think of just-in-case scenarios

  • NewsMore>>

  • City inviting minority and women-owned businesses to apply to work on BJCC projects

    City inviting minority and women-owned businesses to apply to work on BJCC projects

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:58:51 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    If Birmingham is going to build a new downtown stadium, will businesses owned by minorities and women get a chance to compete for that work?

    More >>

    If Birmingham is going to build a new downtown stadium, will businesses owned by minorities and women get a chance to compete for that work?

    More >>
  • Scrap metal business suing city of Birmingham over business license

    Scrap metal business suing city of Birmingham over business license

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:52:39 GMT
    (Source: Joshua Gauntt/WBRC)(Source: Joshua Gauntt/WBRC)
    (Source: Joshua Gauntt/WBRC)(Source: Joshua Gauntt/WBRC)

     A scrap metal business is taking the city of Birmingham to court after the city rejected the company's license application. 

    More >>

    A scrap metal business is taking the city of Birmingham to court after the city rejected the company's license application.  

    More >>
  • Mayor's office releases initial data on "Operation Step Up"

    Mayor's office releases initial data on "Operation Step Up"

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:45:03 GMT
    (Source: Alan Collins/WBRC)(Source: Alan Collins/WBRC)
    (Source: Alan Collins/WBRC)(Source: Alan Collins/WBRC)

    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin made crime fighting a top priority in the city.

    More >>

    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin made crime fighting a top priority in the city.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly