The Delaware State Police announced it has been been experiencing a rash of vehicle break-ins statewide.
This is not only occurring to residents who live on back un-lit county roads, but also those who live in well-lighted developments and mobile home parks. There have been multiple arrests in these cases, but ongoing criminal activity indicate additional individuals are continuing to target vehicles.
The Delaware State Police provided tips to help prevent area residents from becoming a victim:
— Keep doors to all vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.
— Do not leave items of value in vehicles. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, checkbooks, money, Social Security card, loose change, documents and paperwork with personal information listed.
— Store valuable tools inside residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload daily, such as using storage containers to transport.
— Lock the glove box, which should only store registration and insurance cards. Do not store vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in a residence.
— Do not leave items that perceive valuable, such as a laptop case with no laptop.
— Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This also can perceive valuables are hidden under items in the vehicle.
— Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in your vehicle.
— If possible, keep vehicles parked under a lighted area that can be checked on from a residence. Those with security systems should include their vehicles in the angle of the camera system. If a suspicious subject is located on property or near vehicles, do not confront them — call 911 immediately.
— Be a good witness for neighbors. Pay attention to what is going on in the neighborhood, and report suspicious activity.