Christmastime a boom time for criminals, so Lock It or Lose It
WITH THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING season in full swing, police are warning drivers that their cars are prime targets for thieves looking to get their hands on your items before they even get put under the tree.
With that in mind, police have launched their Lock It or Lose It campaign to remind everyone that leaving your vehicle unlocked may increase your chances of becoming a victim of theft.
During the campaign, police officers may examine parked vehicles in public places such as shopping malls and/or public parking lots. An officer will place a small notice on the vehicle that has been checked to point out if safety precautions could have been taken and to offer simple prevention tips for the driver to protect the vehicle and its contents from theft.
Police suggest you can help prevent theft by following these crime prevention tips: • Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key. • If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle. • Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area. • Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk. • Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running. In taking precautions to protect your vehicle and vehicle contents from theft, locking it up is your safest bet, they advise.