The Nature of Auto Theft
Preventing automobile theft, and/or the theft of possessions inside, is the act of taking away the criminal’s ability and/or opportunity. The incidence of stolen items from cars, vans, and trucks is on the rise nationally. The reason stealing is so prolific is that oftentimes, we make it much too easy for a thief to steal valuables and the automobiles themselves.
Oftentimes, motorists leave vehicles unlocked, with possessions in plain view. Stolen items are typically sold for drugs, or just for the thrill of stealing. An expensive and troublesome result from automobile theft is that your personal information, when stolen and used, is identity theft, which can damage your credit.
Prevention Is Simple
Remove your valuables - Leave them at home if you don’t need them. If you need them with you, either put them in the trunk, under the seat, or take them with you. Do this when you are sure you are not being watched.
Lock it or Lose It! - In a recent year, over $238,000 worth of belongings were stolen from vehicles in Blue Springs, and many of them were unlocked. Lock your car doors and close the windows.
Location - Choose a well lit parking area, were there are other cars parked close by. Notify parking security if you see anything that looks suspicious. Stay alert when carrying packages to your vehicle to ensure you are not being followed or watched.
Commonly Stolen Property
Items that are often reported stolen to the Blue Springs Police Department include:
GPS units, both portable and fixed
iPods and PDA’s and accessories
DVD/CDs and players / screens
Garage door openers (which thieves can use to burglarize your home as well)