Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Remember to Lock Vehicles and Remove High-Dollar Items and Garage Door Openers

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to remove high-dollar items and garage door openers from vehicles when left unattended due to recent incidents in the South Riding community.

During the overnight hours between September 10-11, unknown suspect(s) entered four vehicles in the area of Spyder Place and Kimberly Rose Drive in South Riding. On Spyder Drive the suspect(s) entered a vehicle and used a garage door opener to open the garage door to a residence. The suspect(s) then entered the home through an interior garage door and removed a purse containing a wallet and credit cards. Other items taken include two cell phones and a digital camera. Three more vehicles were entered on Kimberly Rose Drive. In one case, the suspect(s) again entered a vehicle parked outside of the home and used a garage door opener to open the garage door. Inside the garage they entered a car. Nothing was taken in this case. Two more vehicles were entered in this area. The suspect(s) removed a digital camera and headphones from one of the vehicles.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit 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 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.

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. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous they should call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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