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10/31/2013 3:16:00 PM
Camp Verde Marshal's Office cautions about car thieves

CAMP VERDE -- It's that time of year again when law enforcement agencies begin seeing a spike in auto burglaries.

Like most of us, you might think your car would never be targeted by thieves, especially when it is parked in front of residence. However, you couldn't be more wrong.

The Camp Verde Marshal's Office has received numerous vehicle burglary reports in the past week. Because of these occurrences the Marshal's Office is asking residents to do their part in combating vehicle burglaries.

Before leaving your parked car, whether it's in front of your residence or in a parking lot, officers encourage you to take simple but important steps to maintain your car's safety.

Make sure windows and doors are fully closed and locked. Do not leave valuables in the car. If anything must be left behind, hide it from view. Locking items in the trunk or glove compartment can help avoid unwanted attention, but be sure to hide all evidence of your belongings. Hiding a music player or GPS is a start, but leaving out an adaptor or holder is a giveaway that there are electronics in a vehicle.

Auto-burglary prevention, like all crime prevention, involves limiting the criminal's ability and/or opportunity to commit the crime. With very little time and effort, you can make a huge difference in your vulnerability to auto-burglary.

Taylor Waste

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