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The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office has been responding to an increased number of vehicle break-ins throughout the county.

Captain Patrick Jacobs said within the past few weeks the sheriff’s office has responded to between 15 to 20 break-ins and has investigated five stolen vehicle cases.

The times vary from the early morning hours to late night.

There have been numerous reports of stolen items including firearms, money, tools, debit and credit cards and electronics.

Jacobs said areas of concern include Rich Square, Jackson and Lake Gaston.

“We encourage our citizens throughout the county to lock and secure your vehicle doors during the daytime and nighttime,” Jacobs said. “We also encourage citizens to report all crimes no matter the type to the sheriff's office so those crimes are properly documented and investigated. If you see anyone or anything suspicious in your neighborhoods you are encouraged to report it.”

Call the sheriff’s office at 252-534-2611 or the Northampton County Crime Stoppers line at 252-534-1110.