The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is offering residents several tips for deterring thefts from vehicles:
- KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED. Most stolen items are taken from vehicles that are left unlocked.
- Remove all items from your vehicle, including garage door openers, when not in use. When you cannot do this, put the items out of sight (inside a lockable glove box or trunk). If your vehicle has an integrated garage door opener, please try to park your vehicle in the garage.
- A visible GPS unit is an obvious target, but car prowlers also look for any signs that one may be inside your vehicle, such as a mount on the window or dashboard. Even the circle impression left on the windshield from the suction cup mount is enough for thieves to break-in. They assume a GPS is hidden somewhere inside. Please try to rid your unattended vehicle of all tell-tale signs.
- Park inside your garage, if available, and keep the garage locked. Or, try to park your vehicle near or under an illuminated area.
Residents are also encouraged to register high-dollar items such as GPS units, tablets, laptops and MP3 players with the manufacturer and have the serial number available for the responding deputy if a theft occurs. This may assist with recovering the item in the event of a larceny. Find out more information about documenting your personal property at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/operation-inventory.
Anyone with information about the perpetrators of these crimes is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity by calling 703-777-1021.