Recent vehicle burglaries indicate concealing valuables and locking doors as the most effective advice a vehicle owner can follow each time he or she exits their vehicle.
“Whenever we have a rash of vehicle burglaries, we always provide these two tips,” Mark Natale said. “You have to keep in mind that these criminals who target vehicles are opportunists, and the key is to eliminate the opportunity for these criminals.”
According to Natale, public information officer for Bossier Police Department, Jan. 1 through July 30 of this year, there were 253 vehicle burglaries in the City of Bossier City, and that is down compared to last year where there were 286 vehicle burglaries during the same time period.
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Recently vehicle burglaries were reported at Port Au Prince Apartments and Preston Place Apartments in Bossier City.
One vehicle burglary was reported in June and another in July of this year at Port Au Prince Apartments.
A purse was taken in both events, and neither vehicle showed signs of forced entry.
At Preston Place Apartments, an apartment complex near Port Au Prince, the victim of a vehicle burglary in July reported to Bossier Police Department that he believed he had left his vehicle unlocked.
Natale stresses these basic safety measures to ensure that property in your vehicle is safe and hidden from criminals.
“Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, conceal them by placing them underneath the seat or in the trunk,” He said. “Also, simply lock your doors.”
He said the BPD observes criminals’ behavior, and they have found that these are the two most important tips for citizens to keep in mind.
“We found out that a majority of these crimes are committed by individuals who simply go through parking lots and pull on door handles,” Natale said. “If the vehicle is unlocked, they open it up and look inside.”
Other tips have also been proven to be very effective including parking in a well-lit area and making sure your car alarm is functioning properly.
“What is important to remember about these criminals is that they do not want to draw attention to themselves or be seen,” he said. “They rather find a door that is unlocked, rather than breaking a window and making noise.”
Items most commonly stolen from vehicles:
Backpacks, gym bags, briefcases, day-planners
Cash/coins, checkbooks and credit/debit cards
Wallets and purses (even when hidden under a seat or in an unlocked glove compartment)
Laptop computers, iPods and MP3 players, (and docking stations)
Cell phones (and chargers)
Portable GPS navigation systems
Stereo/CD players (and faceplates), amps, speakers (even when bolted down!)
Jewelry, keys, mail (identity theft), tools