Madison Police urge drivers to lock vehicles during holiday season

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MADISON, Ala. - 'Tis the holiday shopping season! Malls and other stores will be extra busy this month. With all of that business comes more foot traffic in parking lots, including thieves.

"When you go to the mall or store it's real easy to forget something so simple as to hit a key fab," said Captain John Stringer with the Madison Police Department.

Madison Police investigate many auto break-ins that involve vehicles that were unlocked when the crime took place.

If you don't lock it up, you're making it easier for thieves to get inside your car. You're also not doing any favors for those trying to catch them.

If your car isn't locked, your alarm won't sound off. Those outside in the parking lot might not notice anything wrong if a thief opens your unlocked door.

"We're fortunate that we have patrol officers that respond quickly to these things. They're very proactive. So, sometimes they will actually catch the offenders in progress. We also have some investigators that do a fantastic job following up on these, and look at the elements of how they occurred, timelines, what area they occurred in. Not only that but talking to other agencies," explained Stringer.

It's also important to remember to keep valuables out of sight. If you're going to put gifts in the car, store them in the trunk.