Larceny from vehicles is an ongoing problem in southwest Virginia. These are crimes of opportunity many times made easier by simply checking a doors handle and finding an unlocked door. It takes but a moment for a prowler to walk by your car, pull the handle, find it open and make their move. Now add to this the bonus of seeing your laptop, iPhone or purse sitting out in plain view. Simply put; an open door plus valuable items, equals you being a victim.
There are steps you can take to be proactive in keeping your vehicle and belongings safe.
- Lock your vehicle and close your windows – While it does take only a second to break a window, doing so makes noise – and car prowlers hate making noise.
- Park your vehicle in well-lighted designated parking areas.
- Hide valuables out of sight. If you place items in the trunk, try to do this away from the location you intend to park. Remember, thieves are opportunists, if they see you put your purse or laptop in the trunk they may be watching and you have now told them where the treasure is.
- If you observe suspicious behavior, (e.g. person looking into parked vehicles, pulling door handles, or loitering in or around parking lots) contact Campus Police right away at 857-7979.
Remember, you are the first line of defense against crime.
Virginia Western Campus Police Department