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HPD chief: Lock your vehicle doors at night
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Hinesville police officers are facing a rash of entering auto complaints.

Hinesville Police Department Chief Lloyd Slater said his officers had 41 entering autos reports from February. There were 13 such reports in December and 24 in November, but only 15 combined for November and December 2021. Chief Slater told city council members that the HPD had taken one suspect into custody last month for the entering autos spree and had taken another suspect into custody in January.

“As soon as we take a suspect off the street, another one pops up,” he said. One of the best ways to cut down on the number of entering autos cases, Chief Slater said, is for vehicle owners to lock their vehicle’s doors at night and to remove any valuables.

“I can’t emphasize that enough,” he said. “No matter how many times we take an individual in, if homeowners don’t lock their vehicles, t’s an open invitation.”

A number of vehicles have firearms inside, the chief said, and there are a number of weapons officers are recovering here and in other states coming from this jurisdiction.

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