Police Respond To Multiple Theft From Vehicle Reports In Northeast Golden Valley
July 31, 2013
The Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) has taken several reports over the last two weeks of theft from vehicles and vehicles that have been tampered with. All of the reported incidents have occurred in the northeast corner of the city (Zone 5).
These incidents have all occurred overnight from cars that are parked on the street and in driveways. In most of these incidents the vehicles were UNLOCKED.
One of the most effective ways to avoid becoming a victim is to lock your vehicle and to not leave valuables in the vehicle. Locked 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.
We recommend 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. You also make your home and address visible to emergency vehicles should you have an emergency at your house.
Remember to call 911 immediately when you see or hear anything suspicious. If you have any information regarding any theft in Golden Valley, contact the GVPD at 763-593-8079.
Crime Prevention Tips
- To deter criminals from breaking into your car, lock your vehicle and bring valuables into the house at night. Thieves will break into any vehicle if they think there is something of value inside. Thieves know that checkbooks, wallets, cell phones, and laptop computers are left in some cars.
- 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 that are 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 GVPD.
- If you see or hear something that seems unusual or suspicious, try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle, then immediately dial 911 WITHOUT turning on additional lights. Be prepared to stay on the phone with the dispatcher answering questions. You are the eyes and ears for the GVPD until the police arrive. You are our best hope for catching these criminals and ending this crime. Do not confront the suspects.
The City’s online interactive crime map provides search by neighborhood for current reported crimes as well as basic information about each event.
For more information on crime prevention, call the Golden Valley Crime Prevention Unit at 763-593-8058.