Following a rash of vehicle break-ins this past weekend, the Valdosta Police Department continues urging individuals to take precautions to protect their property.
According to reports, there were 23 vehicle break-ins between early Saturday morning and late Sunday evening.
Four more break-ins were reported Monday, including two in the 100 block of Garden Drive, making a total of four vehicle break-ins at the gated Residences at Five Points apartment complex in three days.
“If you have something valuable, take it out of the car, especially at night. Keep the doors locked,” said Valdosta Police Lt. Aaron Kirk. “Hide items in the trunk. Leaving valuables out on the seat is like an invitation.”
In addition to removing valuable items from the vehicles, Kirk suggested that rolling up windows, locking all doors and parking in well-lighted areas can be a strong theft deterrent.
“Keep the car clean, too. Empty shopping bags in the car may not look empty to a thief,” said Kirk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests the following precautions be taken when leaving your vehicle (nhtsa.gov):
• Lock your vehicle.
• Park in well-lighted areas.
• Completely close all vehicle windows when parking.
• Do not leave valuables in plain sight.
• Do not leave the registration or title in your vehicle.
• Engrave expensive accessories like car stereos, cellular phones, compact disc changers, external speakers, etc., so that the thief will have difficulty disposing of them.
• Install an anti-theft device or system on your vehicle as an extra deterrent measure.