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SHEPHERDSVILLE – Over the past few weeks, thieves in the Shepherdsville area have hit an increasing number of vehicles.
If you don't believe it, look at the number of theft by unlawful taking reports in the weekly crime section of The Pioneer News for the Shepherdsville City Police.
Sgt. Jeremy Meyer, a detective for the Shepherdsville Police Department, said investigations are on-going after the rash of vehicle break-ins at homes and local hotels.
"More than 20 vehicles have been targeted in the past several weeks," Meyer said in a release.
According to the weekly reports, the thefts have been in a variety of areas, although local hotels and several places along Cedar Grove Road have been especially hit hard.
Meyer said some of the thefts came from vehicles that were left unlocked, making it easy for thieves to strike quickly and quietly.
The items most commonly taken are those things easily removed, such as purses, wallets, GPS units, DVD players and laptop computers.
Sgt. Troy Armstrong, who is Shepherdsville's crime prevention officer, offered advice to help slow down the thefts.
"Lock your car, even in your own driveway and take the keys with you," said Armstrong. "Remove valuables and bring them into your house or put them into the trunk. Install a security light that illuminates the driveway (or wherever you park your vehicle."
The officers advised people to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. The Shepherdsville anonymous tip line is 502-215-1588 and the regular office number is 957-1001.
Armstrong said any neighborhood looking to start a block watch program is invited to call him to set up a program.