Prevent Vehicle Break-ins
Vehicle break-ins are a serious, but common crime that unfortunately many citizens find themselves being a victim to. A majority of Vehicle Break-Ins take place during the early morning hours when risk of discovery is minimal. Persons who commit this crime can be juveniles on a dare, addicts desperate for something to trade or pawn to support their habits.
How Do You Prevent Being a Victim?
If you follow these preventative measures you can reduce the chances your vehicle will be a target and you being a victim.
Close all the Windows and Lock all the Doors on Your Vehicle
Many Vehicle Break-Ins are made possible from doors being left unlocked.
Don’t Leave Valuable in Your Vehicle
Before leaving your vehicle stow your electronics, personal items, valuables and accessories away and out of sight including power plugs, IPod adapters, cell phone chargers, navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts, CD’s, spare change, etc.
Use Your Vehicle’s Car Alarm
If you have an alarm system in your vehicle, use it. The noise alone may be enough to scare away a thief and prevent your vehicle from being broken into
Park Your Vehicle in a Safe Location
Park in a well-lit area and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, foliage. If possible park your vehicle near a motion sensor light. This will greater the chances that someone might see a crime in progress.
Report Suspicious Activity or Criminal Behavior.
If someone is hanging around the neighborhood that is unknown to you and has no legitimate reason for being there, call the Southwick Police Department.
To Report a Past Crime or a Non-Emergency situation dial the Southwick Police Department Business Line – 413-569-5348.
To Report an Emergency or a Crime in Progress call 911