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PGPD C.O.P.S.: Increased Thefts From Auto / Car Break-In Prevention Tips / / Violent And Property Crime Down 32%

We have been seeing an increase in thefts in P.G. County.  
Otherwise, County Police District VI reports that violent crime and property crime are down 32% from this time last year.

The following is a tip sheet from PGPD Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) 

Car Break-In Prevention Tips

1. Keep your car visible

Park in well-lit areas, near people or with a parking lot or garage attendant on duty. Avoid having your car concealed by larger vehicles, fences or foliage; thieves like to work in private.

2. Don’t make it easy

Keep windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Many thefts from vehicles are from unlocked cars.

3. Activate your vehicle’s alarm

Don’t have one? Factory-installed and-theft systems are best, but a professionally installed alarm can discourage a car break-in thief who likes to work in silence.

4. Hide your valuables

Many smash-and-grab thieves act on impulse. So keep your stuff out of sight – either with you or in a locked trunk. Don’t count on the glove box; thieves know to look there, and they’re easy to break into.

5. Hide your valuables 2

If you have a wagon or SUV that leaves your cargo area open, get a retractable fitted cover to keep shopping bags or other belongings hidden.

6. Don’t hand a thief your keys

Take your keys with you. And if you think you have a great hiding place for a spare key, car break-in thieves know to look above the visor, in the center console, under the floor mat, in the trunk well, etc.

7. Stow your stuff before arrival

Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots to watch for people putting items in their trunk. Help prevent car break-ins by putting valuables, like laptops, messenger bags and electronic devices, into your trunk before you get to the parking lot.

8. Stash the evidence, too

After you’ve put your stuff in the trunk, don’t forget such telltale evidence as power plugs, MP3 adapters and navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts. Thieves know what they’re looking for, so hide the electronic accessories, too.

9. Trust your instincts

If you see suspicious activity, find another spot to park. If you’re concerned, tell the attendant or report your suspicions to police. You may be helping keep another person from being a victim of a car break-in – or worse.

10. Take it one more step
Many vehicles are broken into with the intent of stealing the vehicle itself. Visible anti-theft devices, like steering wheel locks, steering column collars or brake pedal locks, may discourage the would-be thief from breaking in and trying.

Your community friend,

Cpl. Woody #2305
Prince George’s County Police Department
District VI
C.O.P.S. Unit