HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WJZY) - Lock your doors. Hide your stuff. Sounds pretty basic, right? But according to Huntersville police, a rash of car break-ins shows people aren't doing that and they're paying the price.
One Huntersville homeowner, Terry Lampkin, said his dog let him know that something was wrong the night his two cars were broken into.
"I was watching TV. I heard my dog jump up and run to the door. I just thought he had to go to the bathroom," Lampkin said.
But it wasn't until morning, police showed up to tell him someone had rummaged through several vehicles in the neighborhood. Lampkin said nothing was taken from his vehicle.
"I think that a lot of people have a sense of security in their home, in their neighborhood. They feel like it's safer than anywhere else. The reality is people can get into any neighborhood anywhere so that's a false sense of security," Lampkin said.
Huntersville police said about a dozen cars were broken into over the past month. The crimes happened all across town in different neighborhoods. Most of the cars were left unlocked.
"We had flyers that the management gave to each of the tenants here. We were taken aback because we didn't believe it to be that kind of community," Pam Worthington explained.
She said her car was spared, but others at her apartment complex were not so lucky.
Police said the thieves are targeting mainly purses and electronic equipment.
"It's sad that in today's world, you can't leave something out or even when you're gone, people break in. You feel like you're not safe anywhere hardly," Worthington said.