Police Issue Crime Alert Regarding Theft From Autos
October 28, 2011
In the past few days, the Golden Valley Police Department has taken several reports of theft from vehicles. Thieves are stealing miscellaneous items such as briefcases, laptop computers, checkbooks, stereo equipment, and small electronics. At least three of these incidents have occurred in the North Tyrol area along Glenwood Ave and Westwood Dr S.
All reported incidents occurred at night from cars parked on the street and in driveways. In all cases, the vehicles were locked and forcibly entered by unknown suspect(s).
Crime Prevention Tips
- One of the most effective ways to avoid becoming a victim is to lock your vehicle and not leave valuables inside. Thieves will break into any vehicle if they think there is something of value to be stolen. They know checkbooks, wallets, cell phones, and laptop computers are left in some cars. Locking your doors may discourage some of the more casual thieves, the ones looking for the opportunity to steal. It will also deter those who would go into an unlocked car to look for a trunk or hood release button in order to steal contents of the trunk.
- A theft from your car can happen at any hour of the day. Reporting suspicious activity while it is happening could save you or your neighbor from being victimized.
- Do not leave garage door openers in vehicles parked on the street or in your driveway. Also, remember to lock the service door that leads from the garage into the house.
- You can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen by recording the serial number and marking items with an Operation Identification number available at no charge from the police department.
- If you see or hear something that seems unusual or suspicious, try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle, immediately dial 911 WITHOUT turning on additional lights, and be prepared to stay on the phone with the dispatcher to answer questions. You are the eyes and ears for the police department until the police arrive. You are our best hope for catching these criminals and ending this crime. Do not confront the suspects.
- It is recommended that you light up the exterior of your home from dusk until dawn to improve visibility of your house so your neighbors and passing officers can keep an eye on it. This also makes your home and address visible to emergency vehicles should you have an emergency at your house.
If you have any information regarding any theft in Golden Valley, call the Golden Valley Police Department at 763-593-8079. If you would like more information on crime prevention or police department services, call the Golden Valley Crime Prevention Unit at 763-593-8058.