Vehicle Burglary

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¨ Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle!  Are your items/valuables visible?  If you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car...especially overnight.  Leaving items visible in your car establishes your car as a target. 

¨ If you must leave items in your car, place them out of sight.  Store them away secretly before you reach your destination.  You never know who is watching when you place items under a seat or throw a coat over them.  If you can’t take the items with you, lock smaller items in your glove compartment or lock them in your trunk.  Because pick-up trucks and SUV’s don’t have trunks to hold valuables, they are common targets...in this case, items are hidden under seats, under blankets/clothing, in the center console or glove compartment.  Although thieves know the hiding places, at least it makes them have to work a little harder to steal! 

¨ Don’t leave any sign in your vehicle that there might be valuable items hidden in your vehicle.  Connector cables, docking stations, loose change, CD’s, blankets, coats, etc.  Covering valuables with something like a blanket or towel to hide it will only draw the thieves’ attention.  

¨ When possible, park in a well-lit area.  Illuminate your driveway with a motion sensor light.  Thieves prefer breaking into cars where they will not be easily seen or attract attention. 

¨ Lock all your vehicle’s doors every time you get out of your car!  This sounds so obvious.  But, items are stolen from unlocked vehicles all the time.  Even if you leave the car for a few seconds (You know the drill...you forgot something in the house so you run in to fetch it...the phone rings...you answer it...next thing you know an hour’s gone by...guess you won’t be going to the store after all...best wait until tomorrow...You’ve moved on with doing other things.  Meanwhile, your vehicle remains unlocked in the driveway OR out in the street...overnight.) LOCK THE DOORS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE CAR!  Remember that thieves like EASY.  Often they will check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked.  If they are, sometimes they move on.  Lock all doors including the back gate of SUV’s.  Close ALL windows and sun roofs. 

¨ Don’t leave items in the back bed of pick-up trucks.   To a thief, those items, no matter how big or small, are free for the taking.  Keep tools and smaller items in lockable tool or storage boxes.  Lock down larger items such as skis, canoes, equipment, etc. to racks with chain or bicycle locks. 

¨ If your vehicle has an alarm/anti-theft device, USE IT!  Contrary to what you might think, car alarms can be an effective deterrent to thieves.  Remember thieves choose the easiest target.  If a thief has a choice between a car with an alarm or one without, they will likely break into the one without.  Locking your car and setting the alarm is only part of the prevention.  Even if your car is locked and alarmed, thieves may target your car because of what they “see” in plain sight.  If they don’t have that “incentive”, the thief will often look for an easier target.

 

Source: “Auto-Burglary Prevention.” Police Notebook OU Police Dept. (n.d.). Web.

             12 Jul 2012

Bangor Police Department Records Division

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If your car has been

broken into or something is

stolen out of your car …

Do not touch ANYTHING and call the

police as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLES

 

Burglary to motor vehicles (auto-burglary) refers to items stolen from a vehicle.  According to the Bangor Police Department crime stats, burglary to motor vehicles in our neighborhood zone (Second to Third St from Parker to Union).  Increased by over 100% from 2011 to 2012.   Thefts from vehicles (auto-burglaries) occur at all hours, day and night and they generally all have one thing in common...something to steal...something valuable left in the car.  Often these “Crimes of Opportunity” could have been avoided.  Like all crime prevention, auto-burglary prevention involves limiting the criminal’s opportunity and or ability to commit the crime.  In short, you can make a huge difference in your vulnerability to auto-burglary

 

 

IS YOUR CAR A FREE SHOPPING SPREE FOR A THIEF ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving items in plain sight is an open invitation to a thief!

Taking a few seconds to secure your valuables will make your vehicle

less of an EASY target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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