The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers and residents to be safe this holiday season and take steps to avoid becoming a crime victim.
The tips range from being sure to lock your car and secure and lock up any gun left in your car to tips on keeping your electronics safe.
From the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office...
Remove visible items from your vehicle - If you leave items visible in your car, YOU ARE A TARGET.
Be aware that someone may be watching as you put a wallet, purse, or cell phone under your seat, especially at a gym. Take these with you.
Remember, only you can prevent auto burglaries by removing your valuables from your vehicle and locking them in a safe place. Help us to protect your property.
- Lock Up!
- Lock your vehicle and take your keys, even for quick errands.
- Lock the trunk, hatchback or tailgate to block access into the vehicle.
- Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs.
- GUNS! Please remove them from your vehicle.
If you carry and find yourself not able to take your gun into a particular facility, get a lock box to safely lock your gun away temporarily. Vehicle gun safes such as “Stack-On gun lock box with cable” attach to your metal frame of the car seat making it almost impossible to easily steal your weapon.
- Vehicle alarms - Buy an alarm and use it! Many people believe that alarms no longer make a difference; however, they do remain an effective deterrent to a burglar. Remember criminals are looking for the easy target.
- Do not attach personal information to your keys - If your keys are stolen, having your personal information or vehicle license number attached only compounds the problem. A criminal now may have access to your home, automobile or office
- Mail - Do not leave outgoing or incoming mail in your car, especially where visible. This has your name and address on it.
- Garage Door Opener - Avoid leaving this in your car if possible.
- Avoid announcing your vacation on social media. It is easier than you think to look up your address.
- Park Safely!
- At home, park in your garage if you have one. Lock your car and all garage doors.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Check to see that your vehicle is visible from pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
- Record serial numbers
- Record the serial numbers and other pertinent information such as make a model for your electronic devices (GPS, laptops, tablets) and cell phones.
Keep this information in a safe location or e-mail it to yourself and file it away electronically.
- Familiarize yourself with the features of your device.
Some have the ability to be tracked if stolen.Knowing how to activate this service quickly can greatly help law enforcement recover your property and arrest those responsible.