On occasion we have all been in a rush to grab some quick groceries, run in to pay for some gas, too tired to go and lock the car that is out in the driveway or parking lot. Unfortunately, it's during these times we often forget to take some basic steps to secure car doors or place valuables out of sight. The hope is that this information will be shared with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers so we can collectively work together to prevent thefts from vehicles. The phrase "Lock it or Lose it" is a popular catch phrase and campaign slogan to remind residents to be vigilant. Here are some good reminders:
-Lock your car doors and roll up your windows.
-Place valuables in the trunk, under the seat or somewhere out of view from people walking by.
-Be aware of where you park, particularly at night. Consider parking near a street light or near motion lights around your driveway.
-If you have an alarm make sure you arm your vehicle's alarm when parking.
-Always keep track of your car keys.
-Lastly, if you see something suspicious (someone pulling on car doors, vehicles driving at night without turning headlights on and stopping often) call the police, do not wait until the next morning. We often hear people telling us that they wish they would have called the police sooner.