Sugar Land Police are seeing an increase in overnight, residential burglaries of vehicles.
I-pods, cellular phones, GPS devices and other items left in vehicles created easy targets for criminals. Residents are leaving valuables in plain view, creating easy targets for criminals.
It’s a “smash and grab” crime that occurs quickly and is often difficult for police officers to prevent. SLPD is utilizing several tools to prevent this crime, include targeted patrols, surveillance, cameras and volunteer citizen patrols.
Many recent arrests have been the result of alert citizens who immediately call 911 to report suspicious activity, including people and vehicles that seem out of place.
However, public education remains one of the most effective deterrents.
SLPD needs citizens to “Partner Against Crime.”
So what’s the answer? Simple — do not leave valuables in vehicles. Sounds easy, but people are not getting the message.
The following tips can help prevent vehicle burglaries:
• Keep vehicles locked at all times.
• When parked overnight, remove all valuables from vehicles.
• If personal property must be left in a car, lock it in the trunk. Unfortunately, this option does not exist for pick-up trucks or SUVs. Thieves are aware that there is no secure place to store items in these types of vehicles.
• Finally, before leaving a vehicle, take a second to look inside and make sure nothing is visible from the outside that could attract a thief.