Monday, September 30, 2013

Vehicle Burglaries

I was having lunch with the North Police Chief, Leland Strickland at the "Prince" on Randol Mill one day.  As we were standing in line to pay the bill, a lady came up to him and asked if he would step into the parking lot.  Her van had been burglarized in broad daylight, in the parking lot.  A computer was stolen from the van and the side window was broken out.  I want to bring this to your attention because car burglaries are very prevalent in North Arlington, and there are simple/common sense precautions that can be taken to help prevent you from becoming a victim.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Take your keys with you.
  2. Lock your car.
  3. Park in attended lots if possible.
  4. Completely close your car doors.
  5. Take your valuables with you or hide them.
  6. If you take your items out of the car and place them in the trunk, be advised that burglars might be watching you do this.
  7. Park in your garage if possible, and lock your garage and the vehicle inside the garage.
  8. Replace any T shaped lock handles with straight locks.
  9. Engrave your driver's license number on any expensive accessories.  Engravers cost less than $10.
  10. If possible install visible alarm systems.
  11. Utilize wheel locks/lugs.
  12. When possible avoid parking between large vehicles.  They provide cover criminals.
  13. Remove detachable radio faceplates when able.
Many times you can observe suspicious behavior.  If you see any of the following behavior please dial 911 and report it to a dispatcher:
  • Pulling door handles
  • Looking in windows
  • Odd clothing for the time of year (long coats or gloves being worn in summer)
  • Lookouts
  • Nervous looking behavior (constantly looking around, rapid movements)
  • Checking for alarms by bumping windows or bumpers for sensitivity.
Tomorrow is National Night Out, so talk to the officers to see if there has been any auto burglaries reported in your neighborhoods.  Talk about some of these precautions to see how you can better protect your possessions.  But most of all watch for suspicious behavior in your neighborhoods and report it.  Be a proactive neighbor!  Hope to see you tomorrow evening.

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