Due to numerous reports of burglarized automobiles at lake boat ramps recently, Sheriff Patrick Ray is issuing a warning to all lake visitors to be alert and cautious.
"In the last few weeks we have received numerous reports of vehicles that have been burglarized around the boat ramps here in the county. The burglars are breaking into parked vehicles, bursting out windows, and stealing items such as pocketbooks, radios, compact discs, ratchet straps, and other items", said Sheriff Ray.
"I know when people go to our lake access points, they are excited and ready to swim or go fishing or pleasure riding in their boats. I would ask that you take a few minutes and look at your surroundings and go by the following safety tips which might detour a thief from breaking into your vehicle:
Try to park in well lit areas such as under a street light or next to a well lit building.
Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables such as pocketbooks or jewelry in your vehicles that are in plain site.
Try to park close to the front of the parking lot and try to avoid parking far away from other vehicles.
If you see any suspicious people in the parking lot, call central dispatch so a deputy can be dispatched to your location. The number is 215-3000.