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"We will get two or three in a row," Columbus neighbors dealing with smashed car windows

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ABC 6/FOX 28 is looking into reports of car break-ins across Columbus, with some neighbors finding their car windows smashed. (WSYX/WTTE)

ABC 6/FOX 28 is looking into reports of car break-ins across Columbus, with some neighbors finding their car windows smashed.

"It's more on them than me," said Bryan Freimark who lives in the Victorian Village area.

Freimark might have a better attitude than most, after finding one of his car windows busted out about a week ago.

"My roommate actually texted me told me my car had been smashed in," said Freimark.

He says some clothing was taken and plans to fix the damage himself.

"(I) feel bad for people that actually have to do that, you know, break into cars just to get some simple clothes," he said, "maybe we can try to get that in the community...do a drive of some sort for clothing."

ABC 6/FOX 28 found multiple cars, and police reports, showing car windows broken out and items inside stolen, some from over the weekend in the Victorian Village neighborhood and surrounding area.

Not far away, at Chris Cozad's auto shop, Alternative Auto Care on West Fifth Avenue, the team sees more broken windows when temperatures rise.

"I absolutely see a spike in it," said Cozad, "you know, it is the weather getting warmer, it's you know we are close to campus. Sometimes, that is a factor. We are close to downtown, Short North, so we are in high-traffic, high-density areas."

She says it comes in waves.

"I certainly hear it from my customers that live in this neighborhood, or we will get two or three in a row from a certain area," she said.

And on top of fixing busted windows and more at the female owned and operated shop, the team doles out safety advice.

"One of the biggest things that I see consistently is, you've left something in your car that to someone looking in, looks valuable," she says.

Columbus Police also shared tips.

They say it's about opportunity, and criminals will often use the smash and grab technique to quickly get your stuff.

The big tip: they say take valuables with you when possible, and if you can't, put them in a locked compartment or trunk.

Police also recommend always rolling up your window and locking your car. Report suspicious activity to the police.

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