WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - West Point police are warning residents to secure their property after the city saw an increase in burglaries this month.
Since Aug. 31, there are eight unsolved auto and home burglaries, according to West Point Detective Ramirez Ivy.
He said four are auto burglaries and four are home burglaries.
West Point Police Chief Avery Cook said his officers are doing everything they can to stop the burglars and warn residents.
However, he’s not sure why there’s been a rapid increase in burglaries during this time of year.
Cook said the police department has been vigilant in preventing this criminal activity.
Officers are assigned sections of the city to watch, the department is working with the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers, and the department actively shares information on social media.
Cook and Ivy said burglars target locations where people are known to leave their cars unlocked, like parking lots at stores and schools.
Ivy encourages residents to lock the doors at homes and in cars. He also suggests removing valuables, like phone chargers and laptops, from cars.