Brentwood adding extra patrols after rash of car break-ins

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BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) - Brentwood Police will add more patrols to neighborhoods, following a string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks.

The approach to improve neighborhood safety is two-pronged. The department is also reminding residents to lock their vehicles.

“About 99% of calls we take for car break-ins are unlocked cars. It’s amazing what people leave in their cars,” Brentwood Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald said.

Thieves have rummaged through unlocked, parked vehicles and have taken purses, wallets, iPads, phones, jewelry. Guns are also among the items reported stolen.

Vehicle break-ins happen in neighborhoods through the metropolitan area. More recently, criminals have been entering cars in search of guns that would later be sold on the street.

Brentwood held a community meeting last week to discuss the issue of neighborhood safety, reminding residents to keep their vehicle doors locked, and valuable inside their homes.

The added patrols will be concentrated during the overnight hours, which is when the break-ins usually take place.

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