While we are very fortunate to live in a safe community, no city is 100% immune to crime. That is why Dublin Police are working to stay ahead of criminals each day and reduce one of the most common crimes in the City – thefts from motor vehicles. The Dublin Police Department would like to remind residents, corporate citizens and visitors to take steps to prevent thefts from vehicles. That includes the following:
- removing valuables from vehicles
- locking vehicle doors
- calling the Dublin Police Department immediately if you witness a crime or something suspicious (call 911 to report a crime in progress)
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:
- Remove valuables from your vehicle
- If you are not home, hide valuables out of sight in your vehicle
- Valuables include garage door openers and anything that could indicate items of value are in a vehicle (cell phone charges, aux. audio cords, suction cup mounts, even spare change in a cup holder.)
- Always lock your vehicle doors and windows. There is no such thing as a “quick trip indoors.”
- Park in a well-lit, high traffic area whenever you are away from home.
- Never leave your keys or key fob near or inside your vehicle.
- Call the Dublin Police immediately at 614.889.1112 if you see something suspicious (911 in an emergency or of you witness a crime in progress).
I own/manage a business; how can I help?
- Consider a coat check for 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.
Dublin Police credit much of the reduction in thefts from motor vehicles to crime prevention efforts by Dublin residents. If you would like more information on theft reduction in your neighborhood or at your business, schedule a “Meet the Police” meeting. Fill out the form at: http://dublinohiousa.gov/police-forms/meet-the-police/