An Albany Police Department officer searches a man arrested on entering auto charges at the 200 North Jackson Street parking lot of the Albany Municipal Auditorium before 1 p.m. Friday.
ALBANY, Ga. — The term is “entering auto,” and the crime of stealing from a vehicle is common in Albany.
Homeless 54-year-old Lawrence Edwin Campbell was arrested for entering an auto before 1 p.m. Friday while rifling through a car’s glove compartment on the 200 block of Jackson Street, according to an Albany Police Department report.
Campbell is in the Dougherty County Jail and faces a first appearance before a judge today, a jail spokeswoman said.
Seven incident reports of entering auto crimes were logged into police reports for Thursday. The crime is a daily occurrence, but drivers can take steps to avoid having their car invaded and their valuables stolen.
Because most thieves enter vehicles through doors left open, the first tip to prevent theft, according to a theft prevention tip sheet from police, is “Never leave your car unlocked or the windows open.”
• Never leave your keys in or on the car.
• Do not leave personal property in clear view.
• If property must be stored, put it in the trunk before you arrive at the destination so no one can see you stow it.
• Record serial numbers of valuables.
• Have property engraved with your driver’s license number. Never use your Social Security number.
• Park in a frequently used lot with ample lighting.
“The best tip to prevent theft from your vehicle is to never leave anything valuable in it,” said police Cpl. Jon Segroves.