Dothan Police Department Safety Tips to our Community for protecting their VehiclesMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 11 2012 9:47 PM
During the month of October, The Dothan Police Department has responded to multiple reports of unlawful breaking and entering of vehicles. Patrolmen, investigators and members of a specialty response team have been working diligently to bring closure to these cases by identifying and arresting suspects involved as well as increasing presence of law enforcement in targeted areas. In combining intelligence for the completion of these duties, one element that is a common factor in the recent cases is that targeted vehicles were unlocked.
The Dothan Police Department would like to ensure public awareness of this recent trend and offer safety tips to our community for protecting their vehicles. We recommend;
· Lock your doors! Many people leave their doors unlocked in public as well as in their driveway. The simple act of ALWAYS locking the doors may be the deterrent that keeps your vehicle from being victimized.
· Do not keep the keys in the vehicle, especially in plain sight, i.e. in the ignition!
· Park in well lit areas.
· Packages and purses should be in the trunk if possible, if not well concealed. GPS and similar electronic items have been “Hot Items” lately. They are easily seen when mounted in the windshield and can be grabbed in a second. These type devices should not be in plain view.
· Use a locking gas cap.
· Know your tag number. State law requires the tag receipt be in the vehicle. Comply with this law but make a photocopy to keep in another place in the event the vehicle is stolen.
· Inventory the property in your vehicle such as the CD player, electronic devices, speakers, etc. and record all serial numbers. Engrave your property with your name as this will aid in the recovery of stolen property!
· NAME, R/G, ** years of age, of ** was arrested and charged with ** with a $ bond.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case or identity of the suspect to call the Dothan Police Department or CrimeStoppers 334-793-7000.
Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police