WHITE PLAINS POLICE REMIND RESIDENTS ABOUT SECURING THEIR PARKED VEHICLES FROM THEFTS

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WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. JANUARY 7, 2015:

WHITE PLAINS POLICE HAVE ADVISED NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS THERE HAS BEEN A “SLIGHT UPTICK” IN THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AND PROVIDE THESE CRIME PREVENTION STEPS RESIDENTS CAN USE TO SECURE THEIR HOMES AND VEHICLES.

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS

   Safeguard your home and vehicle

Protect your home while you are out ….

  • Remember it gets dark early, so turn on lights and leave a radio or TV on so it looks like someone is home.
  • Always keep doors and windows locked – even for a five-minute trip to the store.
  • Use strong reliable locks such as deadbolts, which can resist ramming and kicking.
  • An easy and inexpensive way to secure your windows is to use the “pin” trick.  Drill an angled hole through the top frame of the lower window partially into the frame of the upper window.  Then insert a nail or eyebolt.  The window can’t be opened until you remove the nail.
  • To improve security on sliding glass doors, you can install keyed locking devices that secure the door to the frame or place a piece of wood or a metal bar in the track of the closed door to prevent the door from being opened even if the lock is jimmied or removed.

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Protect you vehicle and belongings….

  • Lock your vehicle and pocket the keys
  • If you have a GPS remove it and the suction cup from the window, and wipe the ring left from the suction cup from the window.  Store it out of sight.
  • If possible, avoid parking next to vans, pick ups and other large vehicles.  These large vehicles can “hide” your vehicle and make it difficult to observe.
  • Don’t invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (cellular phones, compact discs, computers and radar detectors, etc.) in sight.
  • Whenever possible, park in well lighted and busy areas.
  • If your car is equipped with an alarm system, use it.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE COMMUNITY POLICING DIVISION 422-6341

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