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Marshfield residents seeing more vehicle break-ins

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -
People in Marshfield are seeing more vehicle break-ins.
Police report at least 10 cases so far this month alone, all within two miles of each other.
The thieves are reportedly stealing everything from GPS systems to prescription drugs.
No arrests have been made yet.
Investigators refer to the vehicle break-ins as “Car Shopping.” They say it's a crime of opportunity.
"People are leaving their cars unlocked and people have a tendency to be out car shopping as we call it, they find and open car and go through it as quickly as they can," said Steve Leu of the Marshfield Police Department.
Police say the thieves typically work at night.
"Most of the time the people are on foot, they're traveling at night normally, they carry backpacks and not with a vehicle obviously they want to stay as far away from police as they can," said Leu.
But officers say they're fighting back using some new tools.
"We do use night vision, we do use thermal imaging,” Leu said.
Investigators say the thieves target up to 20 cars on a street, trying each car door to see if it's unlocked. They even check garages.
Police say in most cases if one resident leaves their car open, then so do a lot of their neighbors. That was the case this past week on South Vine Street in Marshfield. Residents reported GPS systems, money, jewelery and other items as stolen.
Police advise people to lock their cars no matter what time of the day it is. They add that nothing valuable should ever be left in vehicles.
Marshfield police also recommend installing motion sensor lights alongside homes and garages.
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