Lock it , or Lose it!
In 2015 the Township of Haddon experienced 71 burglaries to motor vehicles which have resulted in the thefts of property from within. So far, in 2016, 46 burglaries to motor vehicles have been reported. In almost every instance, these crimes occurred to vehicles that were left unlocked. In addition to these burglaries, we have also been experiencing a large increase in bicycle thefts that were left unsecured. The common theme here is that criminals are stealing property that is left unlocked and unsecured. Although Haddon Township is a safe community to live and raise a family in, we are just as susceptible to the criminal element as our surrounding towns. Haddon Township residents need to help the police as well as themselves in not becoming easy targets. Even though a good portion of these crimes are solved, a vast majority of them can be prevented to begin with.
Below are some things that you can do every day to protect yourself and your property. Make these activities a habit!
Lock your vehicle doors and windows, even if you are only going to be gone for five minutes.
Remove all items from the inside of the car. If you must leave valuables in your car, place them out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for “trunk packing” and can break into your car the minute you’re out of sight.
Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas. This helps deter thieves because the car and anything inside is more visible. Thieves don’t want to be observed or attract notice, so they choose their targets accordingly.
Park your vehicle in the garage if you have one.
Set your alarm or anti-theft device, as they can be an effective deterrent to an auto burglar.
Be alert and be aware. And if you see something, say something! Call 9-1-1
What are thieves looking for? The answer...EVERYTHING!!!
This includes: audio equipment; cash; purses; cell phones; tools; clothes; driver’s licenses and other personal documents; check books; luggage; cameras; anything of value or personal identification. *** Remember, if a thief manages to get anything on it with your personal information, including a social security number, you are now in danger of also becoming an Identity Theft victim ***
What would it cost you if a thief broke into your car today if only four items were taken?
Your 64GB Ipod Touch Your Under Armor Sweatshirt Your Oakley Sunglasses Your Samsung Galaxy S6
$300.00 $60.00 $140.00 $575.00
Working together with the Haddon Township Police Department as a community we can eliminate many of these crimes. Let’s continue to be good diligent neighbors and look out for one another. By calling 911 immediately while observing suspicious activity increases the likelihood in the successful apprehension and prosecution of these criminals. As always, thank you for the support.