5 ways to protect your property, stop vehicle break-ins
Lt. Steve Brock, CSPD Public Information Officer
Since the start of 2017, about 57 percent of the reported vehicle burglaries in College Station have been the result of owners leaving their cars and trucks unlocked.
A recent trend has been for burglars to target trucks displaying stickers or emblems that suggest a firearm could be inside. After breaking a window, they quickly search the interior, especially areas where a firearm could be stored.
Since burglary is a crime of opportunity, prevention is the key. By following these five simple rules, you can make vehicle break-ins less enticing and much more challenging:
- Lock your vehicle.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Take your valuables with you, hide them in the vehicle, or lock them in the trunk.
- Consider removing stickers and emblems that suggest a firearm may be inside.
- Consider leaving your gun at home or carry it with you when legal.
By being vigilant and careful, you can help us protect your property and prevent vehicle burglaries.
About the Author
Lt. Steve Brock has been with the College Station Police Department since 2004.
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