WAKE FOREST, North Carolina (WTVD) — Recent break-ins throughout several communities have led Wake Forest Police to issue an alert reminding residents to lock their cars.

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According to Wake Forest Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree, there have been 85 reported cases of car break-ins and the police department believes “well over 95 percent” of those cases involve unlocked vehicles.

Police reports show at least 10 incidents of motor vehicle break-ins since July 1 along Gross Avenue in Caddell Woods.

“You feel violated,” said resident Rebekah Presnell.

In April, Presnell left her car unlocked and thieves rummaged through her vehicle. Even though nothing valuable was taken or broken, she was still upset and said it’s about the principle.

“The point of somebody just checking to see if it’s open, you have no right going through my stuff,” Presnell said.

In neighboring Shearon Farms, resident Lisa Ashe also fell victim to thieves. Ashe just returned home from vacation and credits her decision to carry fewer items.

“I had my credit card in there, my debit card in there, my social security cards, my insurance cards,” Ashe said.

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