. 3 A CRIME ALERT in St. John's County tonight - where the Sheriff's Office has a "lock it up or lose it" warning to car owners. A string of car burglaries has deputies increasing patrols... and reminding people to keep their personal items out of sight...so they will stay out of the hands of thieves. Channel 4's Adrienne Moore spoke with investigators about the area being targeted ... and how to keep from becoming a victim... Adrienne? 3 Rob and Joy - The St. John's County Sheriff's Office says this a preventable crime... that starts with YOU ... as soon as you park your car. In most of the cases they've seen so far in 2014 - people are making the same mistake... Leaving items like their cell phones inside... AND forgetting to lock up. 3 05-10 IF YOU LIKE IT... THEN LOCK IT UP! Sgt. Catherine Payne/St.John's County Sheriff's Office CLIP 2440PN 29:52-30:02 IN THE FIRST 13 DAYS OF THE NEW YEAR - 35 AUTO BURGLARIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE ST. JOHN'S COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. OF THOSE - 86% OF THE CARS WEREN'T LOCKED! Sgt. Catherine Payne/St. John's County Sheriff's Office CLIP 2440PN 29:40-49 SGT. CATHERINE PAYNE SAYS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PERSONAL ITEMS HAVE BEEN STOLEN... INCLUDING GUNS....FROM THE DRIVE-WAY OF PEOPLE'S HOMES. SHE SAYS IT'S UNCLEAR IF THE SAME PERSON OR GROUP OF THIEVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STRING OF CRIMES....BUT SAYS UNTIL THOSE RESPONSIBLE ARE CAUGHT ... IT'S BEST TO KEEP ITEMS OUT OF SIGHT...AND OUT OF THE MINDS OF CRIMINALS. Sgt.Catherine Payne/St.John's County Sheriff's Office 31:39-50 We've spoken with our crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson about these types of crimes... He says another thing you need to also keep locked - are your back seats. So many cars these days have these security locks that allow you to fold these down... But if they're not locked - thieves can easily reach into your trunk... and take off with your stuff. AM, CH.4, TLS. Adrienne, You mentioned firearms had been stolen in a few cases... have detectives had any luck tracking any of those guns down?Adrienne: Rob/Joy: Unfortunately not. As you heard Sgt.Catharine Payne say...investigators do have some leads right now ... and are hoping to make some arrests soon. They're biggest concern with those weapons is that they will be used in other crimes... before they can find them.