City Experiencing Numerous Thefts from Vehicles
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has received numerous calls regarding property being stolen out of both locked and unlocked vehicles. The thefts are occurring not only at business parking lots, but also to vehicles parked in front of residences. They occur during the night and in broad daylight. These thefts have happened to victims who leave their cars unlocked, those who lock their cars and access is gained through breaking windows, and vehicles with their windows rolled down.
There are steps you can take to minimize your risk of becoming a victim.
Donít leave anything valuable in your vehicle. It takes only a moment to reach inside a vehicle or break a window and take an item.
Always lock your vehicle and keep your windows rolled up. An unlocked vehicle is an easy target for thieves, even when it is parked in your driveway. Park in well-lit areas.
Donít leave anything in plain view in your vehicle that might appear to be valuable. Thieves will break a window to take a backpack, even if it doesnít have anything valuable in it. If you need to put valuable items in your trunk, do so before you reach your destination. That decreases the likelihood a thief saw you put something of value in your trunk.
Report any suspicious activity that you see in parking lots or in your neighborhood.
If you have any questions, contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Crime Prevention Bureau at 450-6245.