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CONCORD -- The Concord Police Department has responded to an increase in vehicle break-ins in the western part of Concord.

Police released a video on Tuesday showing an example of someone checking for unlocked vehicles.

Police are telling people to lock their vehicles and don’t leave valuables inside.

At a mid-year crime briefing in July, Concord police said there had been a 78 percent increase in motor vehicles compared to the first half of 2018, but larceny from vehicle had dropped 21 percent in that time span.

“There are multiple suspects that get out and go search the neighborhood at night for unlocked vehicles,” Concord Deputy Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said at the July mid-year crime briefing. “They are checking unlocked vehicles because it doesn’t make a lot of noise and they are looking for things like change, guns, cellphones, keys for cars, those kinds of things.”

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