Don’t Leave Property You Want to Keep in Your Vehicle
We understand this sounds like a “No Kidding!” statement but we would like to remind everyone criminals are out on our streets looking to steal your property.
We have all heard the reminders and we know leaving items of value in our vehicles is risky; however we continue to receive vehicle prowling reports of people who either forgot to remove items of value or decided to take the chance no one will steal them.
We are thankful people who have been a victim of theft report it and we want them to continue; however we also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone you can avoid being a victim of vehicle prowling by ensuring you don’t leave valuables or personal paperwork in your unattended vehicle, even in your driveway.
Criminals are out “window shopping”, looking for their next opportunity to take items you worked hard to purchase or to steal your personal information to commit other crimes like fraud and identity theft.
Reviewing 15 randomly pulled vehicle prowling incidents reported in the last few days, here some of the items thieves stole from locked and unlocked vehicles: purses/wallets, debit/credit cards, social security cards, passports, driver’s license, cash, cell phones, I-Pads, laptops, stereos, GPS/navigation systems, binoculars, portable printers, keys, garage door openers, CDs, jewelry, vehicle registrations and other personal paperwork/items.
Several of the vehicles were left unlocked with items like this inside and most of the victims were unable to provide serial numbers for the property stolen.
Please help us stop property crime and, most of all, help yourself avoid having a really bad day and becoming a victim of a criminal who doesn’t care about you or the hardships they cause; they just want your stuff.