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Released: 8/12/2010 Who do I contact? Dan Grubb
Public Information Officer
(910) 433-1896
Fayetteville Police Department
Police Caution Motorists of Motor Vehicle Break-ins
  

           The Fayetteville Police Department asks citizens to remain vigilant with regard to protecting property in their vehicles. Motor vehicle break-ins continue to be a problem within the City and oftentimes, police are finding that citizens are not taking simple precautions such as locking doors, hiding valuables or parking in a well lit area. Police would like to remind citizens to be conscious of their surroundings and consider the safety precautions below. See attached spreadsheet for motor vehicle stats since 7/1/2010.

 ·        Park in open, well-lit, populated areas near your destination. Avoid parking near trucks, vans, dumpsters, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places. Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.  ·        Park in your garage, if you have one. If you have to park on a street, avoid dark or isolated areas.  ·        Turn off your engine, roll up all windows, lock all doors, and take your keys with you even if you are making a quick stop at a store or gas station, or even in your driveway. Close all windows and lock the trunk and hood.  ·        Don’t leave spare keys in your vehicle. An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys in your wallet.  ·        Don’t leave your vehicle in an unattended public lot for an extended period of time.  ·        Buy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases. Install a secondary hood lock if your car does not have one.  ·        Install an alarm system that will sound when someone attempts to break in, move, tilt, or start your vehicle. Always activate the system when leaving the vehicle.  ·        Check your vehicle if you hear the alarm sound. But don’t try to stop a person attempting to break in. Get a good description of the person and call the police.  ·        Never leave any contents or valuables in plain sight. Remove cellular phones, audio systems, computers, packages, sport equipment, cameras, purses, etc. Lock them in the trunk before you park or take them with you. ·        Etch your driver’s license number on all removable valuable items, e.g., audio equipment.  ·        Don’t leave your driver’s license in the vehicle.  ·        Keep a record of the VIN, license plate number, and insurance information in your wallet or purse. Also be able to provide the information listed above for any property that might be stolen from the vehicle.  ·        Don’t leave your vehicle title (pink slip) in the vehicle.  
 

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