Message from 1st Precinct
Theft From Motor Vehicle Is A Crime Of Opportunity
▪ While in the gym, going for a jog, at work or just stopping for dinner – safely store work and/or personal electronics, (especially ▪ laptop computers and briefcases) and other personal belongings (purse, wallet, and jewelry).
▪ PUT YOUR JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK before you arrive at your destination.
▪ Please, do not leave any of these items in the passenger compartment of your vehicle...EVER
▪ Do not think you are fooling anyone by tucking your belongings under a seat, blanket, or a coat ▪ Do not leave valuables in the glove box or center storage. TAKE YOUR KEY FOB WITH YOU.
▪ It takes a thief just a few seconds to break a window or manipulate a lock to steal your valuables.
▪ Even if YOU do not think it is worth much (loose change or a shopping bag) a thief sees an opportunity.
▪ Is it worth a broken window, damage to your vehicle or the insurance hassle?
Remove the temptation and reduce the opportunity
DO NOT leave ANY items in your vehicle Lock your doors; even in a secured parking garage – know where your key/FOB is at all times
Never leave your vehicle “warming up” with the keys in the ignition – it IS illegal; thieves will view a running car as a personal invitation
Park in well lit, well traveled areas
Keep an electronics inventory list with serial numbers in a safe location (not stored in any electronic devices). Your smart phone has its own fingerprint called an IMEI. Locate the IMEI in your “settings” Snap a picture of it, then send it to your email; keep a copy of the screen photo with your inventory list. Recovered items will not be returned to you without proper documentation and a corresponding police report.
FILE A POLICE REPORT - Call 911 if the thief has left behind evidence or call 311 or go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/index.htm to file a theft report
PLEASE remember, Theft from Motor Vehicle is the crime of opportunity – DO NOT provide the opportunity
FLYER IS ATTACHED BELOW
For questions, contact:
Renee Allen, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct