Mesquite District Update for January 27, 2014
Over the last month, the Peoria Police Department has been seeing a trend of thefts from vehicles. What is alarming about this trend, is that the majority of items, such as money, tax forms, wallets, and handguns, were left in unlocked vehicles. We all know that thieves look for easy opportunities to steal. Remembering a few simple rules will help you avoid being a victim.
• Always lock your car and close your windows, even if you're only going to be away from your vehicle for a moment. An unlocked vehicle equals a happy thief.
• Keep valuables out of sight. If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, make sure they're hidden. Even an empty backpack or gym bag can be tempting to a thief; they don't know it's empty.
• If possible, park your locked vehicle inside the garage. If you park outside, always take your garage door opener with you. Remember, a garage door opener is as good as a key to your home!
• Close your garage door. Leaving your garage door open is an invitation for a thief to take your belongings.
• Turn on the exterior lights around your house. Light is a deterrent to crime.
Take a second look at your car and home today to make sure that you are not increasing your chances of becoming a victim. If you have any questions and would like to learn more about crime prevention programs available within the Peoria Police Department, please call Lieutenant K. Moran (623) 773-8041.
To report suspicious activity in your community, contact the Peoria Police Department non-emergency line at 623-773-8311. Contact 911 for a crime in progress.