Local police are reminding people to hide their valuables in their cars and “harden the target” of automobile burglaries.
The Johnson City Police Department said they did a study of the number of automobile burglaries in the Tree Streets and Knob Creek Road/Market Street areas of Johnson City. According to the press release, during May and June, 61 auto burglaries were reported. Of those, 47 of the cars were left unlocked. And most of them had valuables like GPS units, CDs and wallets easily visible.
JCPD said they are increasing patrol in those areas and are asking the public to roll up their car windows, lock the vehicle, remove valuables, and call 911 with any concerns of suspicious persons or illegal activities.