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Be sure to lock your car doors.

Personal safety doesn’t end at your front door.

Post Date:11/13/2019 5:00 PM

Can you believe that Black Friday is only 2 ½ weeks away? With Black Friday boosting the holiday shopping season into high gear, we wanted to remind everyone that vehicle burglary is most often a “crime of opportunity”. To minimize the chances of becoming a victim, we must first take away the thief’s opportunity by taking a few preventative steps:

  • Always lock your car doors, even if you are just planning to make it a quick stop. More than half of all vehicles burglarized or stolen were left unlocked. This includes both day and night and in your own home driveway.
  • When shopping, keep gifts in the trunk or hidden from view in the interior of the car. Also, put all of your packages in the trunk before departing one parking lot and driving to another.
  • Avoid parking next to vans and large trucks that block your space from general vision of others.
  • Make a mental note or write down exactly where you park your car to avoid wandering around longer than necessary.
  • Have your keys in hand when leaving a store.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and anyone who may be following you. Don't focus on your smartphone or listen to an iPod or other music player, because these can distract you from being aware of your surroundings.
  • Park in well-lit areas. Even if it's daytime, park near lamp posts -- it will make finding your car easier and offer protection if your shopping trip lasts past nightfall. Two things burglars don’t like – lights and witnesses.

Sometimes even the best crime prevention efforts are not enough for a burglar bent on stealing someone else’s property.  If you find your vehicle has been burglarized it is important you report it immediately to the local law enforcement agency. In Midvale City, you would call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.