Residential Thefts And Burglaries Continue To Increase
June 28, 2017
Golden Valley Police are continuing to see an increase in reported theft from autos, garage burglaries, and auto thefts in residential areas. Many are due to unlocked cars and doors. The majority of these incidents could have been prevented.
Most recently thefts have been reported in the northeast corner of the city in the 2900-3200 blocks of Lee Ave N and Kyle Ave N. In some cases, suspects are entering unlocked cars parked outside and stealing the garage door opener to gain access to the garage. In three cases, suspects found keys to the vehicle inside compartments in the car and stole the car.
Please be diligent about securing your vehicles–even when at home. Don’t forget to remove any keys to the vehicle (even those you think are hidden) as well as garage door openers from vehicles left outside.
Crime Prevention Reminders
- We urge you to be particularly alert and responsive to noises or activity in your neighborhood. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see or hear unusual activity. Please be extra alert to unfamiliar cars parked in your neighborhood! All calls are prioritized and you will be put on hold if necessary, so do not worry about “bothering the police.”
- Secure vehicles and do not leave garage door openers in vehicles parked in the driveway or on the street.
- Turn outside lights on from dusk until dawn every night. Make sure the light is an even, low level light that doesn’t glare toward the street too much. Lighting will discourage prowlers, assist police officers who patrol your area, and allow your neighbors to see each others’ houses.
- If you come home to find a burglary, do not enter your home and call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not wait to report the burglary, and please do not clean up the area before police arrive.
To stay informed about Golden Valley crime trends, view our online up-to-date crime maps.
To get involved and help keep your neighborhood safe, join Golden Valley Neighborhood Watch.