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Police: Upstate Crime Heats Up With Arrival Of Spring

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SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -

It may not feel like spring outside right now, but with warm weather around the corner, criminals may have an eye on your neighborhood.  Simpsonville Chief Steve Moore says as the weather heats up, his department usually sees a huge spike in crime.  "It's expected at this time of year," Moore says.

In the Morning Mist subdivision over the weekend, at least half a dozen residents had their cars broken into.  Allison Dugan was one of them.  "I came home at 11:30 at night, and between that time and when my husband takes the dog out at 8:30 in the morning, somebody broke in," she says.  Dugan says both of the family cars were hit, and GPS units were removed.  Both cars were unlocked.  "I would never even think of someone doing that," she says.  "Just going up to a car and taking something, I wouldn't expect it."

Moore says property crimes, in particular, spike with the spring and summer months.  Seven on your Side pulled numbers from Greenville County to look at the trend.  In 2012, car breakin's dipped in the cold month of February, then rose steadily up to 50% for the next four months, as the weather improved.  Chief Moore believes it's because more people are outside, and tend to have their garages open or car doors unlocked.  He also adds people might let their guard down more.  "It's really common sense stuff," he says.  "But unfortunately, sometimes you just forget, and with the change of seasons, you're not used to doing some of this stuff."

He says his officers will be prepared to patrol more as spring continues.  He says residents can protect themselves by securing outside valuables and closing garage doors.

Dugan says she's learned her lesson.  "I won't ever leave my car unlocked again!"

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