Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

September 11, 2013

The best theft security: Common sense

VALDOSTA — Concerned citizens are seeing reports daily of break-ins and burglaries occurring on a regular basis around Valdosta and are questioning how they can better protect themselves from thieves.

Generally, the best protection is to use common sense, and not to leave valuables in your vehicle or in plain view, even through a window in your home. Don’t leave boxes by the trash can that show you just bought a brand-new television or game system. Don’t advertise your absence from your home on Facebook or any other social media. Think before you post about how many individuals that your friends are friends with, and realize how much access individuals can find out about you by having your basic information.

Even though most of the thefts are quick and opportunistic, some are truly targeted at those who are considered easy prey.

For example, if you go to a shopping area, thieves can be watching you leave your car. They watch to see if you lock it by looking for the lights flashing or the horn honking. This has happened recently at day-care centers. Parents running inside to pick up their children come right back out only to find they’ve been robbed.

Recently, a YouTube video went viral, showing security cameras at gas stations catching thieves who target women at the gas pump. A car would drive up beside their vehicle and the thief would jump out just long enough to open the car door, grab the purse, and drive off.

Little things like remembering to lock your car doors, even if you are only going to be a moment, can make the difference between being a victim or not.

There are any number of ways to ensure the safety of your belongings but overall, using common sense, not leaving tempting items in plain view, locking your doors and being aware of your surroundings at all times, including on social media, should be enough to deter thieves looking for a quick score.

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