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Anti-Theft Tips For Christmas From Monrovia Police

Don’t Fill Your Vehicle With Presents for Thieves!
It only takes a few seconds for thieves to break into your vehicle and steal your valuables. It only takes a few seconds to remove your valuables and lock your vehicle.

Park as close to entrances and exits as you can. No one wants to circle the lot for an hour waiting for a good spot to open up, but give it a shot, at least for a few minutes. If forced to the far reaches of a lot, seek a spot that's well-lighted.

Stow your purchases in the trunk. When you're weighed down with packages, you may be tempted to throw them in the back seat and return to the mall to continue shopping. You may even want to move your vehicle in case someone is watching you put your purchases in your trunk. If your purchases are in plain view, you may return to find your car windows smashed and your presents stolen. Save your most expensive purchases for last, so you can head straight home. Have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle. Before entering, check that no one is hiding in the back seat.

Auto-burglary prevention starts by limiting the criminal's opportunity to commit the crime and can be accomplished with very little time and effort. Criminals are looking for something to steal - don't supply the valuables. Leaving your valuables in your vehicle instantly makes your car a target for thieves. Always lock your vehicle. Take a few seconds to prevent auto-burglary! Don't be a victim!

Prevent Theft of Packages
Theft of packages is an easy crime to commit and can be perpetrated by even the least professional type of criminal.

Request a specific drop off time when you know that you will be at home to receive the package. Ask for your parcel to be placed on a back porch or even beside the front porch or anywhere that is not visible from the street.

Arrange to pick up your parcels at a package store, such as a UPS store that is convenient for you. Let a trustworthy neighbor know you are expecting a package delivery on a specific day and ask them to look out for it and bring it into their home for you.

Have your package delivered to your work address during daytime hours. Know when a package is scheduled to arrive and if it doesn't, contact the sender to track the transport status of the package. And if you see mail theft happening in your neighborhood, be sure to call your local police at once to report exactly what you have seen. Time can be a decisive factor in the apprehension of mail thieves.

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