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Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly
Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)—Car break ins at Pinnacle Mountain are down significantly from a year ago.

In 2013 the state park saw fourteen break-ins, but this year there have only been two.

"It just happens in the blink of an eye," says park ranger Will Ward who has been with the park for almost a year. "We had people on the playground will this last break-in and nobody can see it or hear it."

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Officials say Pinnacle Mountain can be a hot spot for thieves because they know that when you're hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain it can be a little difficult to tend to your car that's in the parking lot.

"[It happens] in city parks, in the county parks, [and in] shopping centers. It's just where people are able to take advantage of an opportunity," continued Ward. "They go someplace where a person will leave their purse or wallet in their vehicle and they just smash and grab."

The decreased thefts come courtesy of ramped up security on the weekends.

"[When] we started getting more and more break ins, we started doing stake outs," says Ward. "We spent three days in the woods trying to keep eyes on the parking lot, and we ended up catching people doing it."

It's let people's eyes and ears stayed glued to the park, instead of their cars.