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Police say more cars being broken into in the Northland

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According to the Kansas City Police Department's North Patrol, they’re also noticing more cars being broken into. (KCTV5) According to the Kansas City Police Department's North Patrol, they’re also noticing more cars being broken into. (KCTV5)
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Across the Northland, businesses like Safelite Autoglass got an unanticipated boost, “Usually weather related damage or just regular roadwork damage,” said Christopher Scott, “but as of lately we’ve had a lot more damage to side glass doors from break ins and stuff like that.”

According to the Kansas City Police Department's North Patrol, they’re also noticing more cars being broken into.

Major Roger Lewis says just this weekend, a handful of cars were broken into at Main Event entertainment, but he’s worried thieves may have their eyes on more than electronics or purses.

“It is my belief, and I think the pattern that we have seen, is that typically they are looking for items of value,” said Lewis. “But more specifically, I believe they are looking for firearms.”

Lewis says the biggest jump the patrol saw was a month ago: 71 cars were broken into in one night.

While he points out a gun expo was a driving force, he notes at the same event last year, less than 25 cars were broken into.

While the damage to a car may be a costly headache, sometimes going up to $500, companies that replace them point out one of the best ways to protect yourself is to make sure you are in a well-lit area when parking and close to people.

Lewis says people should also make sure they keep their belongings hidden and put their guns in the trunk or in a locked area, aside from the glove compartment.

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