BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow police say they are seeing a spike in car burglaries in the northwest part of the city, particularly neighborhoods surrounding 71st and Garnett in the past few months.
Police say they have had 82 reported car burglaries in the city since December 1, and of those, 37 were in those neighborhoods.
FOX23 spoke with neighbors on the 800 block of Willow Avenue who say three cars were broken into just days ago along their block.
Police say people are leaving guns and other valuables, like wallets and purses, in their cars, putting guns and personal information in the hands of criminals.
They say some victims leave cars unlocked, but now they believe criminals are breaking windows more often.
Police are focusing on these areas and adding extra patrols to that region as manpower allows.
Officers want to remind people to take their valuables, especially their guns, inside, and to avoid leaving anything sitting in plain view of a burglar. They believe that even a cup holder full of loose change can be enough to encourage a burglar to break in.
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