Data indicates that citizens often leave their vehicles unlocked and their valuables unsecured in their residential neighborhoods because residents feel more secure near their homes; in turn, most vehicle-related thefts and burglaries occur at these locations.
Moreover, these habits are carried over to other areas and result in losses in parking areas around the city.
“Within the City of Alice, an alarming 85 percent of vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if the vehicles had been locked,” said Sgt. Brandon Reynolds with the Alice Police Department.
“Based on statistical analysis, an overwhelming majority of vehicular burglaries and thefts occur because victims forget to hide their valuables and lock their vehicles. These facts indicate that citizens must take action to avoid becoming future victims and through a partnership with the Alice PD,” said Alice Police Chief Eden Garcia.
Before exiting your vehicle ensure that valuables are hidden and the doors are locked.
The following tips are to help you from becoming a victim:
- Always LOCK your vehicle even if you are going to be gone for a few minutes
- Do not leave valuables like iPod, GPS or purses in plain view
- If you must leave valuable inside of the vehicle, place them in a hiding spot before reaching your destination
- Park your vehicle in your garage, driveway or in well-lit areas
- Never hide a spare set of keys in your vehicle
- Never leave the title, financial information or statements in your vehicle
- If your vehicle has an alarm or anti-theft device, use it
Alice PD will have booths set up at the local H-E-B and Walmart on various days of the week handing out crime prevention flyers and yard signs.
“We will eventually make our way around to all local businesses and seek ways that we can better serve our community. Our goal is to prevent crime by educating our citizens and having a proactive approach to law enforcement,” Reynolds said.
The Alice PD has formed a task force designed to spread the word about these preventative measures through social media and public appearances that encourage everyone to Lock It or Lose It!
For information on yard signs, crime prevention brochures or questions, please contact Sgt. Reynolds at 361-664-0186 ext. 1433.
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