With vehicle burglaries on the rise in Shreveport, the Shreveport Police Department has compiled some simple prevention measures that can be taken to reduce crime in our communities.
In most cases, there are three elements that must be in place for any crime to occur: desire, ability, and opportunity. The criminal first must have the desire to commit the crime; secondly, he or she must have the ability to commit the crime; and lastly, the criminal must have the opportunity to commit the crime.
While it can be difficult to control a would-be criminal’s desire and ability, steps can be taken to reduce our exposure to the would-be criminal’s opportunity. The following tips are given in order to reduce odds of becoming a victim.
First, it is imperative to remove all valuables from vehicles when they are parked for the night. Never leave anything of value in a vehicle unless there is absolutely no other alternative. This includes garage door openers.
Through the end of 2017, car burglaries were up 3 percent, when compared to numbers reported during the same time period last year and, of the majority reported city-wide, many of the vehicles targeted were unlocked. Always roll up windows and lock the vehicle.
Most vehicle burglaries occur at night when your car is parked and you are asleep. Vehicle burglars do not like light, so consider installing a motion detector light or leave an outside light burning at night. Apartment complexes are usually a thief’s “soft target,” as many cars are available for them to choose from.
Take advantage of the public crime maps online crime mapping program at: http://bit.ly/2BiLaex to see where these crimes are occurring and call the police department if you notice any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
You never know what you might prevent just by making a single phone call.
The non-emergency number for the Shreveport Police Department is 318-673-BLUE (2583) ext. 3 and our emergency number is, of course, 911. Working together, we can reduce car burglaries and continue to make Shreveport a safer place.