Lock Your Car, Hide Your Valuables

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Santa Rosa County deputies are looking for a white Nissan Altima after a rash of car burglaries.

“They would go to a busy part of time, such as a mini mall, or a residential area, and they would smash windows and take anything that is visual,” says Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies say it has been happening since last week in the area of gulf breeze all the way to Navarre.

For waitress Iris Martinez, working in that area at Sal’s Pizzaria on Highway 98, she always locks her car.

“I make sure that I lock it, two or three times, I beep it,” says Martinez.

It’s an act of security that helps ease her mind while she works.

“I know people keep stuff in their car all the time, like phone chargers, i know people who keep nooks, or other valuable stuff,” says Martinez.

Martinez says she always has a special place for her belongings to keep the thieves out.

“I think if you really care about your stuff you’re going to hide it,” says Aloy.

That’s exactly what law enforcement wants you to do.

“Hide your valuables, take them with you, and don’t necessarily do the blanket of the valuables, I think the bad guys know that trick, just take your items put them in the trunk where they are not visible,” says Aloy.

Although Martinez works hard for her belongings, Sergeant Aloy says thieves are working harder to take them.

“They’re looking for just about anything they can get their hands on, just like you and i have a job, that’s their job, they go out collecting items,” says Aloy.

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