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Locked doors may prevent burglaries

Though it seems obvious, the advice needs repeating: Lock your car doors.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing reported recently that several vehicles had been broken into. All of them were unlocked. Several of the vehicles that were burglarized were on Plez Drive, Pleasant Grove Drive and East Lincoln Road.

“They’re going through looking for unlocked cars,” Rushing said. “None have broken windows. They’re just hitting cars that are unlocked so far.”

County residents sometimes believe their rural locations make them immune to property crimes like these, but that’s not the case. Even if your house is a half-mile off the road, you should still lock your doors.

Property crime may be less prevalent when compared with the city, but it still happens. And there is an argument to be made that rural locations are easier targets for criminals, since it’s unlikely that a passing motorist will see something suspicious.

Rushing said the burglaries have been scattered over a few weeks. Some of the victims haven’t discovered items were missing or that their belongings had been moved for a few days, he said.

Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 601-833-5251 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.