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Deputies are investigating almost two dozen car break-ins in north Knox County.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says most of those break-ins happened within the last three weeks in the areas between Emory Road and Tazewell Pike.

Deputies say car burglaries go up this time of year. That's because people leave packages and Christmas presents in plain sight inside their cars.

Deputies say it's a crime that can be preventable.

"You're not going to keep someone from knocking the glass out of your car to get in to it, but certainly not having things, items of value, in plain view, which is going to attract them in the first place, parking in well lit areas, but moreover lock your car door. Take your belongings out and lock your car, said Det. Sgt. Mark Harvey with the Knox Couty Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say just because your car is parked on your property or in front of your house doesn't mean your belongings inside are safe.

The sheriff's office has arrested one person in connection with the break-ins. Deputies say they've linked 33-year-old David Keisling to at least 8 of the burglaries. They say he has a long history of car break-ins dating back to 2004.