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Unlocked cars invite theft

A rash of thefts from motor vehicles likely could have been prevented if drivers would take the simple step of locking their cars, Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake said.

Police responded to 16 reports of car break-ins in July.

“Of these 16 car break-ins, 15 of these cars were left with visible items of some value," Blake said in a call to the city alert line to residents and businesses. "Let us remind you that thieves will enter unlocked vehicles for minimal value items. If your car is locked, they will damage your vehicle for items that they can notice of value.

"Don’t become a victim. Consider removing any items of value from your vehicle and locking your vehicles when you park them."

Most of the thefts occurred on the west side of the city, a police spokeswoman said.