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Tips to prevent vehicle break-ins

Tips to prevent vehicle break-ins

The busy holiday shopping season gives thieves more opportunities to break into your car, stealing holiday cheer along with valuable items. Leaving enticing packages, shopping bags, cell phones or other items in plain view is the surest way to attract unwanted attention.

Keep these tips in mind to prevent a vehicle burglary:

• Never leave items in your vehicle—not even the trunk. This includes wallets, purses, credit and debit cards, backpacks, laptops and electronics, cell phones, sunglasses, packages, and shopping bags. Thieves seek out vehicles with valuables, and can break into a car and steal items in under a minute.
• Always lock your vehicle and set your alarm. Before walking away from your vehicle, double check all doors are locked and all windows are rolled up.
• When shopping, be sure to park your vehicle in a well-lit area, as close to the store as possible. Make sure you take all of your valuables with you when you exit the vehicle. Avoid storing shopping bags and packages in your vehicle in-between shopping trips.
• At home, park in your garage, driveway or close to your home. Remove all items from your vehicle, lock all of your doors and leave windows rolled up all the way.
• Keep an eye out for suspicious people looking into vehicles and checking vehicle door handles, especially at night and in the early morning hours. If you see something, say something! Call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress.

Be sure to report thefts to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station 24-hour business line at 562-623-3500. It’s the only way for law enforcement to track criminal activity and find those responsible.