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Lock it, Hide it, Protect it: Tips to Prevent Property-Related Crimes

As the warmer seasons settle in, law enforcement agencies throughout Central Ohio regularly notice an uptick in property-related crimes. Among the most common offenses are car break-ins and thefts, often targeting vehicles left unlocked, valuables left visible, and garage doors left open. Fortunately, there are simple precautions residents can take to protect their belongings and minimize the risk of falling victim to these crimes.

  • Lock Your Vehicles: It may sound like common sense, but the importance of locking your vehicle cannot be overstated. Many car break-ins occur because opportunistic thieves find unlocked doors an easy entry point. Make it a habit to double-check that all doors, including the trunk, are securely locked before leaving your vehicle unattended, whether parked on the street or in your driveway.
  • Keep Valuables Out of Sight: One of the quickest ways to attract unwanted attention is by leaving valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle. Whether it’s a smartphone, a laptop, a purse, or even loose change, these items can tempt would-be thieves. Before leaving your car, put any valuables in the glove compartment, trunk, or bring them inside your home. Remember, out of sight is out of mind for potential thieves.
  • Close Garage Doors: While it may seem harmless to leave your garage door open while you’re working in the yard or running a quick errand, it presents an invitation for burglars to scope out your belongings. Not only does an open garage door provide easy access to any items stored inside, but it also offers a potential entry point into your home. Get into the habit of closing your garage door, even if you’re only stepping away for a few minutes.
  • Invest in Security Measures: Consider installing motion-activated lights or a security camera system around your property to deter criminals. These visible deterrents can make your home less appealing to would-be thieves. Additionally, investing in a car alarm or steering wheel lock can add an extra layer of protection for your vehicle.
  • Stay Vigilant and Report Suspicious Activity: Lastly, remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. If you notice any suspicious individuals loitering around your neighborhood or attempting to gain access to parked vehicles, don’t hesitate to report it to the Upper Arlington Police Division by calling the non-emergency line at 614-459-2800.

By following these simple safety reminders, Upper Arlington residents can significantly reduce their risk of becoming victims of property-related crimes.

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