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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Car break-ins are becoming a big problem in New Hanover County, especially for one man. However, he says what he has in his front yard is catching these criminals.

Dan Maggio and his wife live in Middlepoint, a quiet neighborhood near Ogden. But recently, would-be criminals are trying to break into cars and score big. Maggio’s property has been targeted three times in the past three weeks, but he feels lucky. He installed a device that has successfully led to the capture of these criminals all three times. He says it is way better than any camera.

“You actually seeing your car light come on, your dome light, or seeing somebody trying to break into your car does a lot more,” says Maggio.

The device is small, easy to hide, and effective at catching criminals. The second part of the device can be put anywhere in the house, where it will beep to alert the homeowners when someone is passing a little too close to personal property.

“When this thing goes off in the morning, I know something is up, and it is not good.”

Maggio parks his car almost forty-feet up from the road. He says criminals are not afraid to strike, but at least this device will help catch them.

“If you have the unit in the right location, and you know what to do when the unit goes off, you are going to have a much higher chance of catching someone in the act of breaking into your vehicle.”

Of course, the best way to protect your car from thieves is simple. The Sheriff’s Office says 98 percent of car break-ins can be prevented by simply locking your vehicle.

The device can be purchased for less than one-hundred dollars, an inexpensive price for protection. If there are any neighborhoods or individuals interested in getting a beeper or learning more about a neighborhood catch program Maggio is creating, please call Atlantic Legal Services at (910) 233-9973.

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8 Comments on "Man takes a stand against crooks"

2015 years 9 months ago

Let’s get common sense back into the minds of the law. We really need to have a watch dog group Investigate and make suggestions / corrections in the system. If it is possible to fix . So corrupted it is . Look up and spread the info about FIJA (fully Informed jury association.. Get the word out….

2015 years 9 months ago

when facing these criminals. A 12-gauge semi-auto with triple-aught Buck Shot should cover ya.

I know the gun-grabbers and koombaya crowd don’t like the idea of people protecting themselves with firearms but, it’s past time that Americans take this country back from the criminals (and that means politicians too). I for one will protect my family and home first and call 911 2nd. Sorry, but thats what it’s come down to.

2015 years 9 months ago

Nice idea and all, but did it ever occur to this guy to simply lock his car? To have that many issues in such a short time, clearly the car was left unlocked, thereby presenting an opportunity to the crooks.

Teresa Greene
2015 years 9 months ago

What a great idea!! But In my conversation with Dr Maggio, my neighbor, his doors were locked and the home alarm was set. The crooks had a tool known as a jimmy that unlocked his door. Being around the holidays and the plunge in the unemployment rates, things are getting bad. Also note that all the homes the first thug had broken into, where he stole oner $30,000 in watches, were also locked.

2015 years 9 months ago

You can also buy a product at harbor freight tools called the driveway alert system (17.99) that will do the same thing. I put sensor on my mailbox and when someone drives in the other unit beaps. You can put the sensors anywhere and has quite a long range. Excellent product for the money!

2015 years 9 months ago

Why doesn’t the Sheriff set up ‘bait cars’ in the areas that are being hit by these thieves?

2015 years 9 months ago

Before I upgrading my alarm system I was using that beeper, I got mine through Amazon. It works very well, Batteries last about a year


Teresa green
2015 years 9 months ago

These guys installed my device this morning. It cost less than amazon and they installed it in the best spot. Well worth the money! Never will I chase after anyone, but its nice to let 911 know these creeps are in the area.


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