Police offer tips after thefts from vehicles rise in Kent

KENT COUNTY – Citing an increase in thefts from parked vehicles in Kent County, Delaware State Police offered safety tip reminders to avoid being victimized:

• Keep the doors of your vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.

• Do not leave items of value in your vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, checkbooks, money, social security card, loose change, documents and paperwork with your personal information listed.

• Store valuable tools inside your residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload, such as using storage containers to transport.

• Lock your glove box, which should only store your registration and insurance cards. Do not store your vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in your residence.

• Do not leave items that have a perceived value, such as a laptop case with no laptop.

• Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This can give the general impression that other property of value may be within the vehicle.

• Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store or house keys or other keys in your vehicle.

• If possible, keep your vehicle parked under a lighted area that you can check on from your residence.

• If you have a surveillance security system, include your vehicles in the angle of your camera. If you locate a suspicious subject on your property, in the area of your vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately.

• Be a good witness for your neighbors and fellow citizens, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention and be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood and community.

DSP said investigation is ongoing and more information would be released when available.

Referencing the slogan “If you See Something-Say Something”, police asked that all suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement or by calling 911.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.