Tracking Piedmont car break-ins

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police are working to determine whether three people arrested Monday night while breaking into cars are connected to dozens of other car break-ins citywide.

It’s a crime that can happen to anyone anywhere and leave victims out of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the hassle of repairing vehicle damage like broken windows.

FOX8 took a closer look at car break-ins in the Piedmont.

There were 49 reported car break-ins and thefts over the last week in Greensboro alone, according to Crimemapping.com. The website groups these crimes together.

However, when looking at individual incidents, the majority were break-ins where criminals stole something from a car and not the vehicle itself.

Greensboro police tell FOX8 that the city has averaged about 40 reports weekly of people stealing from cars. Overall, that number is down 11 percent so far this year compared to last year, according to GPD.

But that doesn’t mean police aren’t being proactive when it comes to these crimes.

We asked police what’s being done to catch these criminals. The Greensboro Police Department recently contracted with a private lab to process DNA for crimes like car break-ins and help make arrests.

We also took a look at these crimes around the Piedmont and compared the numbers to reports in Greensboro.

In the last week, Winston-Salem reported 35 car break-ins and thefts, according to http://www.Crimemapping.com.

There were 12 reports in High Point.

Police say remembering to lock car doors and keeping valuables hidden and out of plain sight are two of the easiest ways to help keep criminals away.

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