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Jun 01

Preventing Theft of and from Vehicles … Our Actions are Key

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:02 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Belonging to a community, much like belonging to a family, a church, community organization, or social group, comes with a set of responsibilities and benefits. In most cases, the benefits far outweigh the responsibilities because it is the sum of every small contribution by each and every member that delivers great outcomes. In the case of a community, one of these outcomes is a safer neighborhood with few or no property crime.

Property crime includes burglaries, larceny thefts, and grand theft auto, but in this month’s post I want to focus on thefts of and from cars since this type of crime tends to increase in the summer not just locally, but everywhere.

Vehicle thefts are almost always a “crime of opportunity.” Individuals who commit these crimes are looking for anything of value you leave behind in your cars. We create an opportunity every time we leave valuables in plain view, allowing anyone to see these items and decide if it is worth it to take them. Vehicle thefts are especially common at locations that criminals know will keep the owners away for a considerable length of time, such as gyms or malls.

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I can understand that in today’s busy world, our cars have become more than just a means of travel; often, they also double as office spaces, makeup counters, and eateries. What this means is that we have to make a more conscientious effort to take measures that will minimize the chance that our vehicles or that of our neighbors will become an attractive target to thieves.

A simple yet effective measure is removing all valuables from the view of the public. Think of it this way - if you can see it from the outside of the car, it can be stolen. Also, make sure your vehicle is properly secure, with all windows closed and doors locked. At home, your safest bet is to park your car in the garage. If space is an issue, then your driveway is the second best option.

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One of the latest “Let’s Talk Public Safety” leaflets covers vehicle theft in more detail – how to help prevent it, and what steps to take if it happens. I encourage you to check it out, and share it with family members, neighbors, and friends: LTPS Leaflet - Preventing Theft of And From Vehicles

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