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Spate of vehicle break-ins at schools prompts warning

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Education Department is urging vigilance after a spate of vehicle break-ins this month at East Oahu public schools.

Five vehicles have been broken into at schools using similar methods, DOE officials said. The break-ins happened after school. Among the items taken: purses, bags, cell phones and laptop computers.

"Parents are reminded to be vigilant and always remove valuables or hide them from direct sight," DOE spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said.

"Although there is normally lots of activity on campuses during after-school hours, such crimes of opportunity can take place in seconds, especially when valuables are left in plain sight."

Officials are urging those who park at schools to lock their doors and to put valuables in the trunk.

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