The Dublin Police Department is reminding residents to take steps to prevent vehicle break-ins, especially during the holiday shopping season.
The message Dublin Police would like to send is simple – don’t lose it. “It” can be your purse, your laptop or loose change. Thieves also often target electronics and wallets, and this time of year – all those holiday gifts in your car. To help prevent these thefts, police suggest that you hide your valuables or take them with you and always lock your vehicle.
Watch this video, which is based on real crimes reported to Dublin Police during the 2015 holiday shopping season.
Every year more than 1.85 million thefts from vehicles take place nationwide costing $1.2 billion in stolen personal items and accessories. Whether you are parked in a lot all day for work, heading into the store for a few minutes or in the comfort of your own neighborhood, don’t make it easy for thieves to break in. It takes seconds for a thief to break into your vehicle, grab valuables in sight and get away. Always be sure to hide your valuables or take them with you and lock your vehicle.
Dublin is a safe city, and you can help make it even safer and prevent crimes of opportunity– Hide your valuables, lock your vehicle, take it with you. Be smart. Stay safe.
Give Thieves a Hard Time
Don’t make it easy for thieves. Help prevent theft from your car by taking these steps:
- If you have more than one stop in a shopping trip, hide your newly purchased items before you leave the first store.
- On quick shopping trips, only take with you what is needed for that errand.
- Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas when possible.
- Stash the evidence of valuables, too, including chargers, auxiliary cords and suction-cup mounts for navigation systems.
- Completely close all windows and sunroofs. You don’t want to make it easy for thieves to reach in your vehicle. Plus, open windows can disable the pressure sensors in some car alarms.
How Businesses Can Help
Businesses can help lower the risk of theft from vehicles in their parking lot in several ways.
- Offer a coat check to customers, including safe storage for valuables like laptops.
- Assign staff to walk through the parking lot periodically to look for people who are loitering in the area or looking in car windows.
- If you have a video surveillance system, ensure that it is in good working order and recording quality images.
- Remind customers to hide their valuables either verbally or by handing out cards.
You can stay informed about vehicle break-ins and all crime trends in Dublin. The Division of Police is now using RAIDSONLINE a public crime mapping product from BAIR Analytics.
Learn more about crime reporting and prevention here: http://dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-police/crime-reporting-and-prevention