A Hamilton Mill resident contacted police on March 12 to report two vehicles at her Green Farm Circle home had been unlawfully entered. The resident said she had parked her husband's Chevrolet Suburban in the driveway on the evening of March 11. When she went outside the following morning, she noticed two of the doors were open.
The thief or thieves had dumped the contents of the woman's purse onto the back seat of the vehicle. One credit card, several gift cards and $25 in cash were reported missing, The woman had also left the keys to her Honda CRV inside the Suburban. The CRV was subsequently entered. The only item reported missing was a jacket valued at $200.
Gwinnett County Police offer several tips to help residents avoid becoming the victim of a car break-in:
- Always lock your vehicle.
- Do not invite theft by leaving valuables such as GPS devices and laptop computers in plain sight inside the vehicle.
- After shopping, lock items in the trunk or take the merchandise home.
- At the end of your day, park your vehicle in the driveway or garage and take all valuables inside the house.
- Be particularly aware when you are at a restaurant or gym because the perpetrators know you are going to be away from your vehicle for an extended period of time and simply wait for you to go inside to break into your car.
- For bank deposits or withdrawals, always alternate your times and routes, be aware of your surroundings, and never leave cash in the car unattended.