BCPD offers tips to protecting property
A series of vehicle burglaries in south Bossier City has Property Crimes detectives on the lookout for suspects and reminding residents that a few simple tips can help prevent them from becoming victims of similar break ins.
This month, the Bossier City Police Department has responded to multiple vehicle burglaries in the Bellaire, Shady Grove, Savannah Place and Golden Meadows neighborhoods with every case having one thing in common – each vehicle was left unlocked.
In most vehicle burglaries, the crooks look for an easy opportunity and simply go around lifting door handles to find an unlocked target. If it is locked they’ll most likely move on. If it’s not locked they’ll rummage through the vehicle looking for anything of value to grab. That’s what happened in the recent cases in south Bossier City which resulted in the suspects getting away with firearms, electronics, wallets and cellphones that were left inside the vehicles.
While there’s no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all vehicle burglaries, you can make yourself less likely to become a victim by following these tips from the Bossier City Police Department:
1) Lock your vehicle. It’s true that a criminal can break a window, but doing that makes noise and criminals hate making noise because it draws attention.
2) Hide valuables from sight, or, even better, remove the items from your vehicle.
3) Park in non-secluded, well lighted areas.
4) If you have an aftermarket stereo installed in your vehicle, consider models with removable faceplates. Take the faceplate with you when your leave your vehicle.
5) Notify police of any suspicious people or activities in your neighborhood.
Anyone with information about these recent vehicle burglaries is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100. They can also submit a web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website – bossiercrimestoppers.org.
Persons who contact Bossier Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.