Weekly Feature

2015-12-09 / Editorial

Frequent thefts from cars are easily preventable

Without a doubt, theft from cars is the most popular item in the police blotter these past few weeks. While someone suddenly having his or her wallet, phone, GPS, medications or other valuables stolen is an inconvenience no neighbor would wish on another, it is happening all too frequently in the Village of Kenmore.

The solution should be common sense: lock your vehicle.

Most of the thefts reported are items taken from unlocked cars parked in the owner’s driveway. While the feeling of living in a safe and trusting community should be treasured, it is important to make sure your valuables are also protected.

No damage to the car is ever listed in these reports, as the thief had no barriers preventing him or her from going through someone’s belongings. Just because a car is sitting in the driveway doesn’t make it less vulnerable to break-ins. A car alarm can be activated only if the car is locked. Leaving it unlocked is an open invitation for anyone to come and take what is inside, or even the vehicle itself.

Loose change is most commonly reported missing in these thefts, but it is only the first in a list of valuables that have been taken, including wallets and the money and credit cards inside them, iPods, cellphones, laptops, chargers and GPS devices. While convenience might tempt drivers to leave any or all of these items in their vehicles after a long day at work or running errands, leaving them inside the vehicle, especially in plain sight, can attract a potential thief.

Even if leaving items in your car is a commonplace routine, simply locking the door and pushing the devices out of sight by moving them under a seat, into the glove compartment or center console, or somewhere else that’s not visible adds multiple layers of security to protect your valuables. If a car is hard to break into, a thief probably won’t find it worthy of his or her time to try and steal your things.

Especially with cold temperatures starting to creep into the community, keeping valuable technology in a car can hurt the individual device itself. iPhones, iPads and other electronics aren’t recommended for use in conditions lower than 32 degrees or for storage in areas that can dip below freezing because it can affect battery life and the device’s functional capabilities.

Regardless of what you choose to keep in your car, save yourself the worry and lock your vehicle. It’s a great habit to start and can help guarantee the safety of your valuables and yourself no matter the season.

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