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Community Message: Auto Burglary Prevention Tips

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Tuesday September 10, 2013, 7:21 PM

LAPD - Van Nuys

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Community: Auto Burglary Prevention Tips
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Auto Burglary Prevention Tips

Locking your car and setting your alarm is just part of the solution to prevent a burglary to your auto. Even if locked and alarmed, if you leave valuables (or a hint of valuables) in plain sight, a thief may target your car, even knowing that it’s locked and alarmed. However, without a clear prize in sight, a locked/alarmed car will likely be bypassed for an easier “target of opportunity.”

To prevent and reduce the threat of falling victim to this crime, here are a few tips:

• Don't leave valuables in your car: That sounds like “common sense,” but drivers or passengers leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target. If you have to leave packages or shopping bags in your car unattended, lock them in the trunk out of sight. This includes leaving “loose change” in the console or cup holder.

•Lock all vehicle doors: Every day, we have items stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner was only going to be gone “just for a second.” It only takes seconds to steal your belongings!

For additional information, call LAPD Van Nuys Auto Burglary Detectives at (818) 374-0040.
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