One of the more frequent crimes reported to the police department is burglary to a vehicle. Sometimes offenders enter a vehicle through an unlocked door or by breaking a window looking for valuables that are left in plain view. Some of the most popular items stolen are briefcases, cameras, cell phones, global positioning systems (GPS), iPods, purses, radar detectors, and wallets.
Here are some simple rules that can help deter and protect you from being a victim of this crime.
- When you park your vehicle at home or away, close your windows and lock doors, even if you’re going to be gone for a short time.
- Remove and secure all valuables, including garage door opens & electronic accessories (GPS window brackets & power cords).
- Always park in a well-lighted areas.
- If you have a garage, use it! If you have to park your vehicle in your driveway overnight, leave on exterior house lights. Good lighting is one of the most efficient & least expensive means of security.
- Notify the police department of any suspicious people or activities in your neighbourhood.
- Check your vehicles doors are locked prior to going to bed for the night.