Press Release—Holiday Safety Tips from Marshall Police Dept
Don’t leave valuables in plain sight – It’s a common sense thing, but drivers and passengers leave valuables in plain view every day.
Try to park in busy, well-lit areas – On a busy day, “picking” your parking spot is easier said than done, but choosing a well-lit, visible parking spot makes a huge difference. Also, choose a space that has plenty of vehicular and pedestrian movement when possible. Auto-burglars prefer breaking into cars where they can’t be observed or attract notice.
Lock ALL your vehicle’s doors – Even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time, don’t be lax about this. Don’t leave any windows open or cracked, which also include vent/wing windows and sunroofs.
Set your alarm or anti-theft device – If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car-alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar, who many times chooses the easiest target.
Mark your Valuables – As a last line of defense (not really to prevent theft as much as to aid in recovery) marks your valuables. Another important element that plays into being proactive with safety issues is situational awareness. Here are three suggestions to help with this:
Eliminate talking on your cell when going to your car
Don’t procrastinate when getting in your car
Lock your doors and get on your way to your destination.
- Don’t forget that as members of a community, it’s beneficial to all to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you believe a burglary may be in progress, call 9-1-1.
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