The Norwalk Police Department has experienced a rash of reports of motor vehicle entries over the past few weeks. Culprits are stealing loose change, electronic items and anything of value out of unlocked vehicles. Most of the entries are taking place during the night in neighborhoods in every area of the city. Some thefts are occurring in shopping center parking lots.
The key to helping prevent this is to lock your vehicle. Do not leave valuables in your car.
Tips from the American Crime Prevention Institute for preventing thefts from motor vehicles:
n Park in well-lighted areas.
n Always lock valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Always carry wallet, checkbooks and purses with you.
n Avoid transferring these items to the trunk of the vehicle where it is to be parked. A thief may be watching. Checkbooks, credit cards or other credentials which a thief could misuse should not be left in a motor vehicle.
n If possible, avoid parking next to vans, pick-ups and other large vehicles. These large vehicles can hide your vehicle and make it more difficult for others to observe.
n Don't invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (radar detectors, cellular phones, compact disc players, CDs, tapes, cameras, GameBoys, purses or anything of value) in plain sight or where a thief can see from any angle by looking into your vehicle.
n Always lock your car after entering or leaving it. Check the back seat before entering it.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, affecting approximately 500,000 new victims each year. Criminals may open a new account using your name, date of birth and Social Security number. Do not leave this information in your car.