Knoxville tow truck company experiences rash of break-ins

Knoxville tow truck company experiences rash of break-ins

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Every morning, Chris Lickliter checks the fences at Sam's Automotive on Cooper Street downtown. He's looking to see if any links have been cut. Every morning, Chris Lickliter checks the fences at Sam's Automotive on Cooper Street downtown. He's looking to see if any links have been cut.
Even though there are cameras and fences lined with barbed wire, Lickliter says it's simply not enough security. Even though there are cameras and fences lined with barbed wire, Lickliter says it's simply not enough security.
People are still managing to break in and have damaged nearly a dozen cars recently. People are still managing to break in and have damaged nearly a dozen cars recently.
"They ransack the cars. If there's clothes in it, they'll take what they want out, then throw the rest on the ground and create a big mess," said Chris Lickliter. "They ransack the cars. If there's clothes in it, they'll take what they want out, then throw the rest on the ground and create a big mess," said Chris Lickliter.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville tow truck company reached out to 6 News saying they've been dealing with a rash of break-ins, and the problem is getting worse. In some cases, employees say the suspects have been found sleeping in the cars, even stealing radios for cash.

Every morning, Chris Lickliter checks the fences at Sam's Automotive on Cooper Street downtown. He's looking to see if any links have been cut.

Even though there are cameras and fences lined with barbed wire, Lickliter says it's simply not enough security. People are still managing to break in and have damaged nearly a dozen cars recently.

"They ransack the cars. If there's clothes in it, they'll take what they want out, then throw the rest on the ground and create a big mess," said Lickliter.

The Knoxville Police Department is still compiling data and statistics on the number of break-ins at Sam's Automotive.

KPD officials say officers regularly patrol this area, but Lickliter says seeing even more blue lights could be a solution.

These break-ins are costing the automotive business at least $150 every time the fence is repaired. That's why employees are feeling enough is enough.

"It's hard to stay around here all the time, so we just have to keep our guard up and watch," said Lickliter.

Employees at Sam's Automotive say they plan on clearing and repaving their parking lot in the hopes those changes will be a help.

KPD officials say business owners and homeowners can have an officer come and look at their home, then make suggestions on new security measures.

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