Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 30, 2013

Authorities warn local residents of vehicle break-ins

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Authorities are asking local residents to lock their vehicles and keep all personal belongings out of sight.

Princeton Police Chief J.W. Howell said  no certain areas have been targeted, but at least four vehicle break-ins have occurred at the Princeton Recreational Center parking lot since January.

 “It is more of a crime of opportunity,” he said.

Howell said officers are made aware of high-traffic parking lots, especially during events.

“We try to do extra patrols for that very reason,” he said.

Many break-ins happen because of unlocked doors or residents leave personal belongings in their vehicles, he said.