Jimmy Vann, an investigator with the Jasper Police Department, said more than 15 vehicle break-ins have been reported since Wednesday morning. Vann said the incidents have taken place overnight in apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods throughout Jasper.
“It’s not in just one place,” he said. “This has happened in several areas, but it seems to be in areas where there are a lot of vehicles, like an apartment building or a big neighborhood.”
Vann said all the break-ins have been associated with unlocked cars.
“They are pulling the handle on the door and if it opens, they hit it,” Vann said. “So far if it’s locked, they’ve moved on to other cars.”
Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said residents should always lock their vehicles.
“Whether you are at home, at work, out shopping — it doesn’t matter. You should always lock your vehicle,” she said. “Keeping car doors locked is a major deterrent for would-be thieves.”
Vann said not leaving valuables inside a car is also a good tip for citizens.
“A purse shouldn’t be left inside a car,” he said. “Things like that need to be taken with you at all times. Valuables do not need to be left in a vehicle.”
Jasper police urge anyone with information about the recent vehicle break-ins to call 205-221-2121. Vann said he can be reached directly at 205-221-8148. “We appreciate the public’s help always,” Vann said. “If anyone has seen anything suspicious or if you see something suspicious, don’t hesitate to call the police department.”