Most citizens will go their entire life with little or no contact with their local Police Department. However, if you do have to call your local Police Department chances are you may have been the victim of a theft from your vehicle.
Theft from vehicles is a common problem for police departments across the country and they routinely occur in places where thieves can target a large number of cars at one time such as shopping centers, parks, fitness centers and apartment complexes.
Police Departments use a variety of techniques to try and predict where these thefts will occur and to place resources in those areas to prevent the thefts; however, the best way to prevent these thefts is to work with the community and educate residents on ways to prevent the theft from happening. The Lee’s Summit Police Department offers the following tips to prevent theft from your vehicle:
• If possible, park your vehicle in your garage. If that is not possible, move your vehicles into your driveway where the exterior light from your home keeps them illuminated
• As you depart from your vehicle double check to make sure that all of your doors are locked
• When choosing a spot in a parking lot choose one that is well lit and as close to the entrance as possible. You will benefit from the foot traffic that walks by your vehicle while it is parked and it will make your walk back to your vehicle safer as well
• Remove valuables from your vehicle. If you must leave an item behind in your vehicle, it should be placed in your trunk. If a thief sees a wallet, purse or valuable cell phone in the interior of your vehicle they will break the window to take it
• Fitness centers are normally targeted because thieves know that most people don’t want to carry additional items into the fitness center when working out. You can prevent a theft by placing your purse or valuables in your trunk; if you choose to carry your valuables inside make sure to secure them in a locker as thieves will also target the unsecured lockers inside a fitness center as well