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Warning about a rash of car burglaries in Fallbrook

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FALLBROOK (CBS 8) - Sheriff's officials held a public meeting Thursday to get the word out about a number of recent car burglaries in Fallbrook.

Over the last six months, 116 vehicle break-ins have been reported in the community. Detectives say 70 percent of the people victimized left their cars unlocked.

"This is just reminding folks to even though it gets hot, roll up your windows. Lock your car, even if it's in your driveway, even if it's in your garage with the door open, lock your car," San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said.

Investigators report the break-ins are happening on South Mission Road, Alturas Road, Ammunition Road, West Beech Street and South Main Avenue.

“This street right here is really bad for break-ins,” said Brian Leigh.

He lives on Alturas Road and says he often sees shattered glass from break-ins on the road, "I think it's young kids."

Detectives say in the last six months a total of $122,000 worth of stuff has been stolen from victims.

On Thursday, investigators working the car break-in and theft cases held a community meeting to raise awareness. One victim at the meeting says her wallet was stolen from her car that she locked.

"I came home tired after a 13 hour day and I didn't take my purse in but I have done that many times," said PJ Resare.

CBS News 8 found several cars in the crime zone where people left valuable belongings in the car, even cash laying on the console.

"That would be me but not real expensive stuff though. I have a laptop that I will take it or put something over it," said Rhonda Leigh.

The victims who have been targeted during the peak hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. say everyone needs to do their part to protect themselves from a crook.

"Empty the car out, no matter how tired you are, no matter what time it is. It always pays not to leave anything,” said Resare.

Deputies say in some of the cases the thieves are stealing credit or debit cards and making fraudulent charges.

If you have any information call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.
Some of the footage used in this video report was shot using a GoPro camera.
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