Prevent Auto Burglary
Lincoln residents are currently being victim to numerous acts of auto burglary throughout the city. Most incidents of auto burglary involve smashed windows or other means to gain entry to locked vehicles.
We want to advise our tenants to be proactive and prevent auto burglary. Make sure you roll up your windows, lock your doors and take your keys with you. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. While this seems like “common sense” we are all guilty of moving quickly and leaving items sitting out on the passenger seat or back seat. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, do not leave items visible in your vehicle. Lock the item in the glove box or trunk before arriving to your destination. Someone may be watching you pack your trunk and waiting for you to walk away. If you drive an SUV and have the pull covers for the back to limit view of belongings placed there, utilize it. Leaving the item(s) visible invited burglars to “smash and grab.”
Items typically targeted in an auto burglary include:
- Backpacks, gym bags, briefcases, day-planners
- Cash/coins, checkbooks and credit/debit cards
- Wallets and purses (even when hidden under a seat or in an unlocked glove compartment)
- Laptop computers, iPods and MP3 players, (and docking stations)
- Cell phones (and chargers)
- Portable GPS navigation systems
- Stereo/CD players (and faceplates), amps, speakers(even when bolted down!)
- Jewelry, keys, mail (identity theft), tools
- Anything of obvious value.
Should you be victim to such an auto burglary crime (or any crime), take a few photos for documentation and contact the police department to file a report. If you witness someone in the act of auto burglary, call 911 immediately. Never approach a crime taking place. Do not put yourself in danger’s way. If you notice any suspicious activity, you should also report that to your local police department. Be safe, be alert and aware, be observant as a witness.
Need to know how to contact the Lincoln Police Department? Click this link -> http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/contact.htm