It only takes a few seconds for thieves to take valuables from your car, or even steal your car.
For the month of December 2016, there have been 259 reports of larcenies from vehicles which is an increase of 44 reports from last December.
Police are also seeing an increase of stolen auto reports as well. For December 2016 there have been 64, which is 10 more than last December.
To reduce your chances of having your valuables or vehicle stolen, police remind everyone to:
• ALWAYS hide your valuables. Remember, if something is in sight, it may take flight!
• Lock the doors, and roll up the windows, even if you plan to be away for a short time.
• Remove GPS, AND the GPS mounts.
• Hide ALL electronic cords and power sources.
• DO NOT leave your vehicle Unattended and Running!
• Do not leave your keys or hide a second set of keys inside your vehicle.
• Park in well-lit areas.
The best advice in preventing your valuables from being stolen is NOT to leave anything in your car, or at least ensure all items are hidden.
Many of the stolen vehicles reported had either the keys left inside, or the vehicle was left running unattended.
For more information regarding stolen auto or larceny from auto safety tips, please contact a Community Affairs Officer at 757-664-6901, or download a Community Affairs Brochure.
To schedule a safety presentation at your civic league or neighborhood watch meeting, complete the Community Engagement Request Application.
For more information regarding crime in your neighborhood, visit CrimeView Community.
Photo courtesy of CrimeView Community.