Unlocked Car + Thief = Crime of Opportunity

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in putting a halt to a recent rash of car burglaries by reminding residents that vehicle burglary is most often a “crime of opportunity” that can lead to expensive consequences if we aren’t careful. Do your part to prevent car theft:

  • Lock your vehicle. Half of all vehicles burglarized or stolen are left unlocked. This includes both day and night and in your own home driveway.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view. This includes your wallet/purse, cell phone, laptop, shopping bags, cash, credit card, garage door opener, keys, tools, etc.
  • Park in well-lighted areas. Two things burglars don’t like – lights and witnesses.
  • Do not leave personal identifying papers in car. This includes driver’s license, social security card, motor vehicle registration, car title, credit card and bank statements as these items can be used to commit identity theft. While vehicle registration papers must be presented when asked for by a law enforcement officer, you do not need to store the originals in your car. Instead, keep a copy in your wallet next to your driver’s license.
  • Consider theft prevention devices such as an audible alarm.

If your car has been broken into:

  • Call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 477-1000.
  • Do not touch anything or go inside the vehicle.
  • If the suspect is still there, do not confront them. Instead, get as much information as possible such as their physical description, direction of travel, etc.

For more information about this Safety and Security tip contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 258-3280. If you would like to report a fraud or scam contact the Fraud Line at 258-3292.