Roxboro police are investigating a rash of car break-ins reported Wednesday night in the East Rock community.
Police say 14 vehicles were broken into and cash, book bags, and a firearm were stolen.
All of the vehicles were unlocked, according to police. That is why the police department is urging residents to lock their vehicles.
“Most of our citizens have lived here their entire life. They grew up not locking cars or homes. Unfortunately, criminals prey on that comfort factor. The days of leaving cars and homes unlocked has ended,” said Chief of Police David Hess.
The police department has investigated nearly 50 vehicle break-ins since January.
According to Hess, in all of those cases the vehicles were unlocked.
“What really concerns me are the cases where guns are stolen from cars. People have a right to own guns, but that also comes with a burden of responsibility. I can’t imagine how someone would feel if their stolen gun was used to kill someone,” said Hess.
The police department is promoting its Lock It Hide It Keep It program, which is intended to remind residents to lock their cars and homes.
Police are asking anyone with information about recent break-ins to call the police department at 336-599-8345.
A reward is also being offered for information leading to an arrest.