PCB Police remind the public to lock their cars over the 4th of July weekend

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — The 4th of July weekend is a time to spend some quality time with friends and family.

This is also the time when thieves steal your valuables from your car if you are not careful.

“Be aware of where you are, your surroundings,” said Panama City Beach Police Department Detective Corporal Robert Clifton. “See what people are around, but most importantly, make sure you keep your vehicles locked and don’t have any items that are going to be too extravagant or draw people’s attention to them.”

An influx of tourists is expected to flood the beach in Panama City.

It can be easy to overlook simple ways to keep your car out of harm’s way with all the excitement going on over the holiday weekend. However, remembering the little things can save you a huge headache.

PCBPD officials said two burglaries were reported over the July 4 weekend last year. They also said that both cases did not require forced entry, which likely meant the doors were left unlocked.

Clifton said thieves want everything they can get their hands on at all times.

“Anything, change, loose change in your car,” Clifton said. “Car loaders, anyone who leaves behind valuables, wallets, checkbooks, purses, guns, anything that goes along those lines.”

Law enforcement is urging drivers to keep valuables entirely out of their cars.

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