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Locking Your Vehicles and Removing Valubles

Locking Your Vehicles and Removing Valubles

March 4, 2014

By Chief Brent Miller,
Lake Lotawana Police Department

This addresses the importance of locking your vehicles and removing valuable items from your vehicles while unattended. You also need to remember to secure your residences when you are way, even it isi just for a swim or boat ride arond our beautiful lake.

As unfortunate as it is, our beautiful lake community is no longer a secret in the metropolitan community. We are surrounded by three state highways and major cities to the north and west. Our location makes our community a vulnerable target for urban crime.

In the last two weeks we have had two auto thefts and five cars that were ransacked and valuable items taken from the vehicles. The five ransacked vehicles were on the same night as one of the auto thefts.

The common theme with all of these thefts is the vehicles were left unlocked, unattended and the two stolen vehicles had the keys in the vehicle.

First, both stolen vehicles were recovered and the suspects in the thefts of these vehicles have been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in State Court.

Second, just how much can thieves get from a vehicle that could cost you money, your credit rating and banking nightmares? The following is a list of recovered property that was found in the first stolen auto.  Please keep in mind that none of these items belonged to the owner of the stolen car:

1.) One Kindle Notepad.

2.) Three cell phones.

3.) Seven check books.

4.) Two MP3 players.

5.) Three sets of car keys.

6.) Two State Drivers Licenses.

7.) Two VISA credit cards.

8.) Two medical identification cards.

9.) Six Social Security cards.

10.) One handgun magazine. (Unfortunately, we are still missing the handgun that was left in one of the cars that was ransacked.)

Locking your vehicle and residence doors is not going to be a 100 % deterrent, but it is that one ounce of prevention that just might discourage someone from breaking into your vehicle or home.

If you see any suspicious activity day or night, please contact the Lake Lotawana Police Department. The quickest way to contact us is by dialing 911. 

The best defense is to look out for yourselves and your neighbors, and to call the Police Department.

I have said this before, and I truly do mean it when I say, this is a Police Department that would rather be called and not needed than one that is needed and not called.

Thank you for your support in this matter.


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