Highest concentration in Indian Trail, Sun Valley
INDIAN TRAIL – In recent months, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has noted an increase in the number of car break-ins countywide, with a higher concentration in Indian Trail and neighborhoods around Sun Valley High School.
Thieves appear to be targeting cars in Brandon Oaks, Taylor Glenn, Sandalwood, Meriwhether, Cornerstone, Holly Park, Brookstone Village, Alexis Pointe, the Brittany Downs cluster, Lake Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Other areas throughout the county have also seen an increase in this type of crime, and thieves are usually striking after victims leave valuables in their vehicles and leave the vehicles unlocked.
Union County Sheriff’s officials are asking all residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and make sure their vehicles are locked and secure when not in use.
“If you are out in the county and shopping, then make sure that anything of value is out of sight and preferably locked in the trunk,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “When you exit your vehicle to enter the store, make sure that the windows are rolled up and that all of your doors are locked and secure. The main way to deter this type of crime is to make it harder for the criminals to be able to commit the crime and increase the likelihood of getting caught.”
Sheriff’s officials also ask residents to report any activity or people who seem suspicious or out of place in the area. Call 911.
If anyone has any information about the recent car break-ins, investigators ask that person call the sheriff’s office at 704-283-3789. People who want to provide information anonymously should call Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600. If your information results in the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the crimes, you may be eligible to receive an award of up to $1,000.