In light of the recent car theft at L.A. Fitness in West Carmel, Carmel Police along with the Hamilton Co. Sheriff’s Dept. have issued the following words of wisdom to vehicle owners:
Hamilton County law enforcement agencies have recently experienced an increase in reports of thefts from vehicles and vehicle thefts. In reports to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, all of the vehicles that have been stolen were taken using keys left in the vehicles. More than 90 percent of thefts of items from vehicles occurred when the vehicle was left unlocked. Thefts can take place in your driveway, in parking lots, or while visiting parks and other recreational areas. Some basic forethought and planning can go a long way in preventing these types of thefts as thieves usually look for easy opportunities.
• Always lock your vehicle, no matter where you park it. If you have a garage or other secure place to park, use it and close the garage door.
• Do not keep valuables in your vehicle. Secure valuable items in the trunk of the car or bring them into the house. It may be inconvenient but will save frustration in the long run.
• Do not leave keys in the vehicle. Thieves know common hiding places for keys and will often check a gas cap, under a floor mat, or other places.
• Leave outside lights on at night to illuminate your driveway or parking space.
• Secure your garage door opener or take it into the house at night. Make sure to lock the door between the house and the garage.
• Make sure the windows of your vehicle are completely closed.
• When away from home, park in a busy, well-lit area.
• If you have a car alarm or anti-theft device, use it.
Items commonly stolen from vehicles include:
• Purses and wallets
• Electronics (GPS, radar detectors, etc…)
• Gym bags, brief cases, and other bags
• Sunglasses and clothing
• Spare change, credit cards, and money
Law enforcement agencies count on you to help report suspicious activity. If you notice anything or anyone suspicious, call 773-1282 or 9-1-1 for an emergency or active crime.