Police See Rise In Commercial Break-ins

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg Police Department needs your help finding a man in connection with a string of burglaries.

Many of the reports came from break-ins in the East Market Street area.

Harrisonburg Police said there has been an increase in the number of commercial break-ins over the past year.

Most commercial break-ins happen later in the evening, when many criminals think no one is around, according to police.

Police also said stores should prepare in advance by making sure their security system is working and remind people if you have valuables, making sure they are out of sight from any windows.

Brian Trow is the owner of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and his business was recently the victim of a break-in. He said having an alarm is a big reason they didn't lose any more than they did.

"It wasn't a really good way to wake up on a Sunday morning. You hear in the news that my employees were here and alarms were going off. So, that is always scary because you don't know exactly to what extent damage or loss of property was," said Trow.

The Harrisonburg- Rockingham Emergency Communications Center is now asking businesses to fill out an "After Hour Business Information" form.

They said, this is another way to reach owners after hours in case of a break-in or other emergency.

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