Investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins that took place over the weekend in Sharpsburg.
Early Sunday, between 2-6 a.m., investigators said two men allegedly entered 16 different cars in the Beaver Creek subdivision located off Hwy. 154.
The two men took a variety of items from cars including firearms, money and electronic devices, according to Capt. John Kennedy. Most of the vehicles were left unlocked, Kennedy said.
Through the help of a resident with home surveillance footage, authorities were able to get footage of the two men and are hoping someone with information can contact the sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers, if they prefer to remain anonymous and collect a possible reward.
Last August, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey, Florida, spearheaded a social media push in an effort to get citizens to think twice about leaving their homes and cars unlocked.
A “9 p.m. routine” encourages residents to lock their homes and cars before going to bed in an effort to cut down on preventable burglaries.
Lt. Jason Fetner said many of the cases of entering autos in Coweta County are also easily avoidable if citizens followed the 9 p.m. routine.
“We work to keep our community with a nice hometown atmosphere, but because of that, there is a sense of being at ease. That complacency creates opportunity,” Fetner said.
By adhering to the 9 p.m. routine, Fetner believes preventable cases of entering autos would take a hit. Since most of the cases of entering autos are considered to be crimes of opportunity, removing or securing valuables will pay dividends for their owners.
“If every night, everyone went out and locked up their cars, rolled up their windows and secured things the right way, it would make a big difference,” Fetner said. “If something is worth holding onto, just take it inside.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org