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Police, volunteers work together to prevent auto break-ins in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. --Police and residents of the Malachi House surveyed several parking lots on Thursday searching for vehicles that were at risk of break-ins and thefts.

Police officers and the volunteers surveyed the parking lots near Pisgah Church Road searching for vehicles that could be possible targets.

When vehicles were declared vulnerable officers and volunteers left fliers containing tips of how the owner could secure their personal property.

Police said 40% of the cars surveyed were vulnerable because the vehicles windows were rolled down, doors left unlocked, and valuables left in plain sight.

Kelly Newton left her car unlocked while shopping and found a flyer on her car when she returned. At first she though it was an advertisement, but when she took second look, she figured out and appreciated the reminder.

"I think it's a good program. It alerts people to the fact that there are bad people out here," said Newton.

Protect Your Auto (Photograph of fliers left for vehicle owners)