HELP PREVENT VEHICLE THEFT!
During a recent search of an Anchorage mid-town neighborhood, APD Captain Dave Koch made an alarming observation. "As I drove around the inside perimeter, looking for a possibly armed car-thief/burglar suspect, I couldn't help but notice the large number of cars running, unoccupied, and unlocked in the driveways. This added to the danger of our suspect escaping the perimeter and possibly inflicting further harm on our citizens."
While we all recognize that our cold winter months pose a challenge for motorists who must warm up their vehicles before driving them, this situation serves as an important reminder for all of us: VEHICLES LEFT RUNNING, UNLOCKED, AND UNOCCUPIED ARE EASY TARGETS FOR THIEVES. Taking the time to ensure your vehicle is secure can go a long way toward preventing vehicle theft!
Lock. Remove. Conceal. So Thieves Don't Steal.
Practicing good prevention can go a long way toward thwarting criminal behavior, and with a recent upswing in thefts and vehicle break-ins, the APD Theft Unit is asking for the public’s help. To decrease the chances of falling victim to a vehicle break-in, here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- Stay Alert and aware of what's going on around you.
- Always lock your car, even if leaving for only a short time.
- Remove all valuables from your car.
- If you must leave valuables, conceal them to ensure they are not visible.
- Remember: Bags, backpacks, briefcases, sunglasses, clothing, keys,gym bags, electronics, purses, wallets, and small change
are all tempting to a thief.
- Always park in a well-lighted area.
- If you see anything suspicious, call the Anchorage Police
Department immediately at 786-8900 or 911 in an
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