Friday, December 13, 2013
Mount Pleasant Police say, “We Need Your Help, Mount Pleasant.”
The community is being inundated by vehicle break-ins. Police are finding that the majority of the time, these are crimes of opportunity for criminals because so often residents leave valuables in their cars and then leave them unsecured.
In the month of October, 76 vehicles were broken into. Of those, 88 percent had been left unsecured by the owner. In November, another 76 had been victimized and 83 percent of those had been left unsecured. Prevention is the key to impacting these crimes. Especially with the holiday season here, Mount Pleasant police are asking residents to please take a moment to ensure you are locking your vehicle and removing those valuables. It is important to lock your car whether it is parked in your driveway at night or parked in a parking lot during the day while you are at work or shopping.
There are simple ways to help prevent being the victim of a vehicle break in:
• First of all, lock your doors and close your windows.
• Don’t leave a spare key in the vehicle.
• Don’t leave valuables in plain view. This could be anything as simple as loose change, sunglasses, a GPS or an iPod.
• Document all serial numbers or identifiers of your electronics.
• Park in garages or a well-lit areas.
• Finally, be alert. If you spot suspicious activity in your community or hear something unusual at night, call police.