It bears repeating again and again and again… there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of your car having its windows smashed and your valuables taken. I originally posted, “Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?” on August 21. Please: Read it. I have even posted the text below so you don’t have to click on the link.
Thefts from autos/break ins to autos are the most common crime in the area. Take a lo0k at the crime stats for the first three months of the year: Borderstan: YTD Crime Stats, January-March, PSA 208: YTD Crime Stats, January-March and PSA 307: YTD Crime Stats, January-March. And these are just the ones reported to the police.
Here are some YouTube videos on auto-theft prevention (not about how to prevent your car from being stolen) that were forwarded by the MPD:
“Thefts From Autos” are a big problem in Borderstan. The police constantly warn us: Do not leave anything of value visible in your car. This also extends to hookups for Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite radio and iPods. Why? If a thief sees a hookup, he may assume that the GPS, satellite radio or iPod is somewhere in your car — and break in to look for it. One officer recently told me that thieves are now targeting cars where the outline of the suction cup for a GPS hookup is visible on the windshield.
Yeah, I know: It’s a pain to have to do this, but it beats broken glass and the cost of a new system.
Here’s a visual reminder we found over at We Love DC.