Brentwood Police offers advice to avoid car break-ins

A recent rash of car thefts has prompted police to remind residents to be mindful of suspicious activity.
Brentwood Police said the number of car break-ins is increasing in the city.
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 7:28 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 8:30 PM CST
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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WSMV) - Overnight vehicle burglaries are increasing in Brentwood, according to police.

“It’s a bigger city. Unfortunately, it is not the same as when we grew up,” The Brentwood Market owner Hailey Hiett said.

Most recently, about 20 vehicles were burglarized on the west side of Brentwood. According to Brentwood Police, the burglaries primarily took place in Wildwood Estates and Lenox Park.

“You don’t want to have to worry about break-ins anywhere and the number increasing can be a little scary,” Hiett said.

The incidents happened during the early morning hours of Jan. 15. Police also said one vehicle was stolen and items were taken from at least five of them.

Brentwood really is a quiet place and for people to break-in here is really surprising,” Brentwood resident Chris Riley said. “We heard a little about that but having that many occur is a big surprise.”

Riley lives in the area and was not impacted.

“Things have changed. Nashville has grown and we just have to realize we are in a big city even though these are sweet small neighborhoods,” Riley said. “We have to wake up to the fact that this is a different Nashville now.”

To be safe, the Brentwood Police Department recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Lock all doors
  • Set your alarms
  • Do not leave guns in vehicles
  • Do not leave keys in vehicles
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle or keep them out of sight
  • If you have a camera system, make sure it is working properly with good angles for video
  • If you see something suspicious late at night in your neighborhood, such as cars cruising with the lights off, call the police. The Brentwood Police non-emergency line for crime tips is 615-371-0160.

“I think the good thing is that here in Brentwood we have an amazing police force,” Hiett said. “They are personal friends of ours at the Brentwood Market. They take good care of us, and I know they are working really hard to protect the citizens.”