The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy is warning residents about vehicle break ins.

“If anybody sees any vehicles that look suspicious, please let us know. Again keep your vehicles locked, those are primarily the ones hit. Typically people will come into a subdivision and run down and check each door. And if it’s unlocked, they will go in and try to find what of valuable may be there” Abernathy told WIAT.

Since May 1, 41 break-in's have already been reported in the Hillcrest area off Highway 69 in several subdivisions, an increase of 44% in that area of Tuscaloosa County.

“So we want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of everybody locking their car doors up at night and making sure they take the valuables inside. Anything like: weapons, cash anything that can be seen from a window that will make someone potentially want to break in.”

Sheriff Abernathy calls his summer warning “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it.” He encourages residents to play it smart and lock up electronics and other valuables.