Statistics for the Bibb County Sheriffs Office show an increase of 72 crimes in the first six months of 2013 over 2012 levels.
Property crimes increased from 1,069 reported in the first half of 2012 to 1,128 in the first half of 2013, according to statistics released Monday.
Car break-ins increased from 130 to 182, accounting for the majority of the overall increase in crime.
Sheriff David Davis said three teenagers were arrested last week in connection with a spree of car break-ins.
Deputies are scheduled to meet with law enforcement from other Middle Georgia agencies next week to discuss a ring of break-ins affecting a chunk of the state.
In Bibb, many of the break-ins have been on the north side of the county.
Very few of the vehicles were locked, he said.
Thieves took anything in clear view, from laptop computers to checkbooks, Davis said.
Auto thefts increased by 20 while burglaries decreased by 11. The number of shoplifting incidents increased by 44 and thefts decreased by 42. Arsons decreased by four, according to the statistics.
The number of violent crimes reported also increased from 58 to 71 in the first half of the year.
Robberies increased from 11 to 33, according to the statistics.
Davis said deputies noticed a trend of people going to meet prostitutes and being robbed in the area near the Interstate 475 interchange with Eisenhower Parkway. In response, the sheriffs office has posted undercover deputies and marked patrol vehicles in the area.
Statistics also show a decrease in aggravated assaults by 14 reports and five more rapes.
One homicide was reported, the same as in the first half of 2012.
Macon police statistics, released this month, reflect an increase of 66 burglaries, 82 more aggravated assaults, 32 more auto thefts and four more murders than in the same period last year. Police saw decreases in the number of rapes, robberies, arsons, entering autos and thefts and aggravated assaults.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.