Did you know that in the past year around 288 vehicles have been broken into in the City of Salisbury? In an effort to reduce theft from cars, the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) is launching a campaign to remind residents to “Lock it, Take it, or Lose it.”
If you’re running into the store for a can of Cheerwine, that’s too long to leave your vehicle unlocked and unoccupied. SPD reported that 60 percent of break-ins resulted in the vehicle being unlocked or leaving valuables where they can be easily seen. By simply locking your car doors, taking valuables with you, or storing them away in your trunk can help reduce the risk of thieves stealing from your car.
You might be wondering what items thieves typically look for? The answer is EVERYTHING, but here are some tips on how to keep your valuables safe:
- Never leave electronics, such as cell phones, laptops, GPS devices or iPad’s in plain sight.
- Be sure to hide all loose change.
- Always park in well-lit areas and avoid concealment from larger vehicles.
- Remove purses or book bags.
- Completely close windows and sunroofs.
- Do not leave an extra key in your car - someone could steal the key and come back for your car later.
It is encouraged to put shopping bags in the trunk when you return to the vehicle, rather than after you park at the next location. Together, we can greatly reduce the chances of your vehicle becoming a target.