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Car thefts, vehicle break-ins decrease in Coos Bay

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COOS Bay, Ore. – Authorities in Coos Bay are sharing some good news.

The Coos Bay Police Department says car thefts and break-ins are going down this year.

At the beginning of the year, the department says they received about 40 reports a month of stolen cars or vehicle break-ins.

By November, that number was down to about 10 reports a month.

The chief of police says the decrease could be linked to several individuals being behind bars, as well as people being more diligent.

However, he also says it's a time of year where thieves are on the prowl.

"With the shopping season coming in for the holidays, you need to make sure that if you got packages at the store and they're in the parking lot, that those packages are secured in your trunk and not just in your back seat where people can see because it's really quick to break a window out, grab what they need and be gone," says Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough.

He also reminds people to never leave their car running or their keys in the ignition.

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