When junior Kaylon Kirk couldn’t find her backpack in her room, she thought she may have left it in her car.
But when she saw books scattered across the floor and noticed a camera and Xbox were missing, she knew the possessions had been stolen.
Chapel Hill police say Kirk, who lives in the Northside neighborhood, isn’t alone.
Chapel Hill police records show a 42 percent increase in Northside-area break-ins from last year during the same January-to-August period.
Residents have reported 12 break-ins in the neighborhood during the past month, compared to one in August 2010.
Lt. Kevin Gunter, spokesman for the police department, said end-of-summer spikes in break-ins aren’t uncommon.
“During the summer months, leading up to the fall semester, we typically notice break-ins to rental property homes that students are leaving and coming back to,” he said. “We’ve made a couple of arrests related to property thefts in that area and our investigative unit is working on others.”
Lt. Jabe Hunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department said students aren’t the only ones targeted.
“Certainly it happens in areas of the community where people are out, (thieves) are looking for anything from electronics to spare change.”