Omaha Police have seen an increase in reports of theft from vehicles at area parks and events.
Omaha Police have seen an increase in reports of theft from vehicles at area parks and events. There are more events held during Spring and Summer, where a large number of people park their vehicles in one area. This higher concentration of vehicles provides suspects with more opportunities than at other times of the year. Recent incidents have occurred at Tranquility Park, Standing Bear Lake, Kelley Fields, and Zorinsky Lake. Suspects have broken into vehicles, and taken items of value such as purses, wallets, golf clubs or tools. Many times these items are in plain sight. Crime Prevention Specialists encourage people to take precautionary measures to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
Lock your car
Never leave your car unlocked, or leave the windows down. This means lock your car even during short stops at locations such as your home, gas station, or convenience store. Thieves only need a short amount of time to get into your unlocked car and take your valuables.
Never leave your keys in or on your car
If your car is broken into, and your keys are accessible to a suspect, the crime can quickly go from theft from a vehicle, to theft of a vehicle.
Do not leave personal property in clear view
Cell phones, IPODS, GPS units, laptops, purses, wallets, and gym bags are commonly stolen items. It is suggested that if you do have to store your property in your vehicle, place it in the trunk at home or another location, prior to parking the car, so thieves don’t see where you put the property.
Record Serial Numbers
Record the serial numbers of your personal property. If your property does get stolen or lost, these serial numbers can assist police in locating your property.
Park in well-lit, busy areas. Stay away from dark, remote or concealed parking areas. A thief is less likely to prowl in an area where there are more potential witnesses to the criminal activity.
If you do arrive at your vehicle to find that is has been broken into, contact police immediately.