With a rash of vehicle burglaries recently, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department recommends taking the following steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:
* Do not leave valuable items visible in your car.
* To prevent would-be burglars from targeting your vehicle, avoid moving valuables to the trunk or other areas of your vehicle while you’re in public. Move your items before you leave the house or lock items in the glove compartment.
* Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.
* Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.
* Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, find another place to park.
* Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
* Always be aware of your surroundings.
* Make a copy of your registration and insurance to keep in your wallet or purse, then remove all forms of identification from your vehicle. Anyone with permission to drive your vehicle should also have a copy of the registration and insurance with them to furnish to the police if necessary.
* Do not leave garage door openers in parked vehicles.
* If you see any suspicious activity or individuals, dial 911 immediately
* Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through the tint.
* If you are parking your vehicle for several days check on it periodically.
* Put your vehicle in the garage if possible, but still lock doors and other points of entry.
Don’t risk hiding items in an SUV. They can be easier to break into because there is no trunk. This means that the driver generally just hides things out of sight and burglars know the common places to look.
Don’t leave belongings in the car overnight. A lot of burglaries occur at night when the vehicle is parked outside of the home, or when a vehicle is parked in a parking lot and unattended for long periods of time.