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Clearwater police: Lock your vehicle to avoid 'car hoppers'

CLEARWATER — Police are urging residents to lock their cars after multiple vehicles were burglarized and one was stolen.

Beware car hoppers, police said.

Police are investigating three burglaries involving unlocked vehicles and a stolen one, after the driver left it unlocked and the keys in the center console. That vehicle was found abandoned Monday night.

Vehicle burglaries have increased 23 percent from January through April compared to the same time last year, police said, and in many of these cases vehicles were left unlocked.

Vehicles are targeted through a practice called car hopping, police said, which is when thieves check door handles to see which cars are unlocked.

Items commonly targeted include laptops, iPods, cell phones, cameras, GPS devices and other electronic devices.

Clearwater police: Lock your vehicle to avoid 'car hoppers' 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:53am]
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