Idaho Falls Police Warning Residents About Car Break-ins
(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The Idaho Falls Police Department is issuing a reminder to all residents about the importance of adhering to crime prevention tips when it comes to vehicle burglaries. This time of year the police department sees a spike in the number of reported vehicle burglaries. In the last 30 days, the police department responded to 28 incidents involving vehicle burglaries. In some incidents, there were multiple vehicles burglarized.
Various Idaho Falls neighborhoods have had reports of vehicles being entered into and items, including laptop computers and iPods, being taken. In many cases, vehicle doors were left unlocked. Residents are asked to be diligent in protecting themselves from becoming victims of vehicle burglaries.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for “just a minute”.
- Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it’s in front of your home.
- Never leave valuables in the vehicle. If you must leave them in the vehicle, don’t put them in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight. Buy radios, tape or CD players that can be removed and locked in the trunk.
- Do not leave keys inside the vehicle at all.
- Park in busy, well-lighted areas.
- Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Don’t leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
If anyone has information regarding recent vehicle burglaries, they are asked to contact the IFPD at 529-1200 or Crimestoppers at 522-1983.