“Lock It, Hide It, Keep It”
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently launched a new campaign aimed at informing the public of burglary and theft from motor vehicles (BTFV and BFMV), and providing a few simple steps to keep from becoming victims of these crimes. OPMD recommends that everyone heeds these actions to keep their valuables safe.
“The irony is that if folks would take a few extra seconds to properly store their belongings, this crime could be eliminated. There is no good reason to be the victim of a BTFV or BFMV,” LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said. The average cost of a BTFV to each victim is roughly $1885.00.
The message is simple:
· Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and take your valuables with you.
· Hide It: Hide your valuables in your trunk, under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle. Ideally, take your property with you.
· Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.