ROCK HILL, S.C. (FOX 46) - Vehicle break-ins at shopping centers, hotels and neighborhoods are on the rise.
"It’s all over the country and we’ve seen an increase nationwide," said Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department.
Police took Fox 46 Charlotte around the city to show how drivers make their cars easy targets. We witnessed cars unlocked, windows rolled down and personal items on display.
"Our data shows we’ve almost doubled our car break-ins compared to this same time last year,” Bollinger said.
Just this past weekend, the city had 20 car break-ins across the city. Purses, chargers, cell phones, handguns and a computer are just some of the items that were stolen.
Bollinger said the majority of cars broken into are unlocked. However, that doesn't stop a crook from smashing windows and punching locks.
Officers encourage drivers to lock their car doors and to remove items from their vehicle instead of trying to hide them.
"Criminals will look under the seats," Bollinger said.
In Rock Hill, police said the locations of car break-ins are spread out and not concentrated in certain areas.