You know what they say: it's better to be safe than sorry.

That's exactly what police in Mays Landing are telling residents this week after sharing that they're currently seeing an increase in vehicle break-ins lately. That's an important piece of information to be aware of, particularly during the summer months.

Jersey usually sees an influx of people heading down to the shore points from now through the first week of September. With more people usually comes more drama. That's not necessarily what's responsible for the increase in the car break-ins within the Township of Hamilton, but it's a good thing to keep in mind if you think your car will be fine remaining unlocked even for that quick trip into a convenience store.

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The Hamilton Township Police Department has warned residents via Facebook about an increase in vehicle break-ins within the township itself, and they've provided a list of a few things you can do to ensure that your car is secure.

First, they say that you shouldn't leave your keys in your vehicle. That's common sense, but again, it's easy to leave the car running if you're anticipating just a quick run in and out of a store. Cops are saying to turn the vehicle off and take your keys with you every single time you park.

Obviously, when you park, make sure your doors are locked.

They're also recommending parking your car under decent lighting. That's common sense, too, you'd think. If you're parked in a well-lit area, it's less likely your car will become a target.

Police are also urging residents to hide all valuables. If they're out of sight, potential criminals may be less tempted to see what else of value may be in your vehicle somewhere.

It's sad that police even have to issue this warning, but at least they're keeping residents aware of the situation. You can check out the post they shared on Facebook below.

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