After having recently received several reports of thefts from unlocked motor vehicles the commencement of the Shelburne Police Service annual public education and crime prevention program, “Lock It or Lose It” could not be timelier. This program reminds citizens that property crimes can be prevented by simply locking vehicle doors.
Under the program, police officers examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. Officers place a small notice on every vehicle checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offering some simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notice also congratulates drivers who have ensured that their vehicle is secure with valuables out of sight
Studies of thefts from vehicles show nearly 100% of the events involved unlocked doors or car drivers who left valuables in plain view without locking their doors. Many of these crimes – and the resulting losses to the victims – can be prevented with some simple, common sense actions on the part of all of us.
Here are a few crime prevention tips to help keep us from becoming the victim of a burglary or theft:
- Not every car burglar working the street is easily spotted. Be wary of anyone who seems to be suspicious.
- Remember to always secure your car doors when parking your vehicle. It just takes a few seconds to enter an unsecured vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables, such as GPS, IPODS, laptops, etc. in plain view inside your vehicle. Secure them in a glove box, console, or even better in the trunk.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked at night.
- Be SUSPICIOUS of anyone approaching your vehicle or roaming your neighbourhood.
- Call the Shelburne Police Service to report anyone you believe suspicious in your neighbourhood or a parking lot.
With the public’s assistance, the police will have a greater chance of apprehending these people and put an end to this type of crime.