Preventing Larcenies from Vehicles
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is seeking the assistance of its citizens in two ways to assist in the prevention of vehicle breaking and entering crimes. The first is to report any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles. The second is to secure valuable items. In many of the town's larceny from vehicle crimes, owners left valuables such as handbags, cash, wallets, electronic devices, cell phones, purses, and computers visible to thieves.
Owners taking the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuables from plain sight can deter these larcenies. Again, most vehicle breaking and entering cases involve vehicles that are unlocked and have valuables in plain sight. You can help prevent this type of crime by applying simple crime prevention tips. Making sure Fuquay-Varina is a safe place to live requires the cooperation of residents. We are asking the public to practice the following crime prevention measures:
- Vehicle windows should be closed and doors should be locked at all times.
- Keys should not be left in the vehicle.
- Use an alarm if your vehicle is equipped with one.
- Valuables should not be left in the vehicle, especially in clear view. Items such as wallets, money, phones, handbags, CDs, laptops, gym bags, bank envelopes, electronic items and firearms should be removed from the vehicle.
- Park in an area with good lighting.
- When parking in a shopping center, movie theater, or recreational center parking lot, secure all valuables out of plain sight and lock all windows and doors.
- Do not park on the street whenever possible.
- Remove shrubbery around your home and driveway that may conceal a thief.
- Report suspicious activity immediately. This includes suspicious persons and vehicles in the area. Try to have a good physical description and car description/registration number to report to police when you call. Call 919-552-3191 to report a crime in the Town of Fuquay-Varina.
- If you are a victim of a vehicle break-in, have your registration information as well as a detailed listing of all items stolen with serial numbers available for police. This will assist in the possible recovery of stolen items. Report the crime as soon as you are aware; do not wait. Physical evidence, such as latent fingerprints, can be destroyed or contaminated.
Lock it, Hide it, Keep it
Larcenies from vehicles and auto theft, in most cases, are crimes of opportunity that could easily be avoided. Unfortunately, a few simple missteps could lead to you becoming a victim of these crimes. These few simple suggestions will help you greatly reduce your chances of falling victim to this crime.
Lock your car. Leaving your doors and windows unlocked is just what a thief wants and makes it easy to steal your property or your car. Even if you are leaving your car, or your house, or your bike, or anything else for "just a minute"…… lock it up! A minute is all a thief needs to walk away with your property.
Hide your belongings. The old saying "Out of sight, Out of Mind" and "Better Safe than Sorry" are still good advice. Leaving valuables in plain sight only tempts a would be thief. Don't leave items, such as money, phones, computers, purses, firearms and other valuables, in your vehicle. If you must leave items in your vehicle, like when you're traveling, make sure things are hidden out of sight. And, hide them before you get to your destination. After all, it doesn't do much good to hide them, if the thief watches you while you hide your property.
No one wants to have their personal items taken out of their vehicle. If we follow these simple steps we will greatly reduce our chances of falling victim to theft, and increasing our chances of keeping our property!