BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, on average, sees more auto thefts than any other time of the year.
“People start walking around and pulling on door handles and seeing if something’s open so they can get, you know, whatever valuables they can find,” said Bedford Police Chief, Todd Foreman.
Foreman says his department is looking to deter those statistics for their area with PSA videos, the first of which premiered Friday, July 24 to remind folks to lock their car doors when leaving their vehicles unattended.
“Policing is a partnership between us and the public, and us reminding them is part of that partnership so that we can get things done and keep crimes from happening and keep Bedford the safe place it is,” Foreman said.
It may seem like common sense, locking your car doors when leaving your vehicle unattended.
In fact, WFXR News asked Nelson County resident Stephen Oikonomides in downtown Bedford if he locks his doors. His answer: always.
“It leads to a lot of problems,” Oikonomides said. “I mean, obviously, you always want your gun attended and secured properly. If it’s not on your person, your car should be locked and it should be in a safe container.”
However, Foreman says anything from electronics to cash end up stolen from unlocked cars. In addition, nine guns were reportedly stolen from unlocked cars in Bedford in the last year alone, but Foreman says they were able to recover every one of them.
“Take your guns out of your vehicles,” Foreman said. “Do not leave guns in vehicles at night so someone can steal them easily.”
Foreman hopes that PSA messages like this one can raise awareness and, in doing so, lower crime rates. You can watch the full video from the Bedford Police Department here.
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