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The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to lock their cars when they're out swimming, hiking, camping, boating and hunting.

The agency experiences a dramatic increase in car break-ins with the warmer weather.

Last year, between May to Labor Day, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated 85 car prowls.

According to a news release, that was more than double the previous four months.

“We have already seen a small rise in cars broken into while people are out enjoying the nice weather these last few weeks,” the news release states.

The agency stressed that anything residents do to deter criminals will help. That includes not leaving valuables such as wallets, cellphones and purses in vehicles. If you have to leave valuables in your automobile, make sure they are out of sight.

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