PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — As the temperature rises, so does the number of car break-ins, car thefts, and easily available property thefts, which is why the Pulaski Police Department shared some tips to keep your property safe.
- Lock your doors: The department says a significant number of vehicle thefts and thefts of the property from inside a vehicle occur when the vehicle is unlocked.
- Do not leave valuables in your car, including car keys, guns, and wallets: Don’t leave anything in your car that you wouldn’t want stolen. Even if your car is locked, police say “a thief will not pass up an opportunity for a smash’n’grab if property is visible!”
If you leave your car parked somewhere to go shopping, go for a job, etc., put your personal items in the trunk.
- Lock up your tools and lawn equipment: Lawn mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, etc. are easily preyed-on items, so do not leave them out for anyone to grab.
- Cameras are your friend: Property crimes occur every day, multiple times a day. The next-best deterrent for property crime is to install cameras and motion lights.
In the words of the department, “You might not be able to stop a thief from taking an extra step to cut a lock off or break a window to access your property, but catching them on camera makes them much more likely to be caught.”
- If you see something, say something: If you see or hear about someone going around town selling an unusual quantity of tools, jewelry, electronics, guns, etc., let police know! If they’re bragging about their shenanigans, let police know.
All you have to do is send the Pulaski Police Department a message on their Facebook page or leave them a tip on their anonymous tip line by calling (540) 994-8625.
“In a world where no one wants to be a ‘snitch,’ good people need to start looking out for good people,” the Pulaski Police Department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 2. “We can work together as a community and make it harder for bad people to commit these crimes!”