In recent weeks, police have received information of several Theft from Vehicle incidents involving vehicles packed with property and valuables. Although there have not been fire-related evacuation zones in Eugene, there is concern that these incidents involve victims who have been preparing to evacuate or have been evacuated and staying in Eugene. Regardless of the situation, it is never a good idea to store valuable items in your vehicle, especially with the vehicle left in the open.
The Eugene Police Department wants to make people aware of the issue, and encourage anyone who is planning to evacuate or leave the area for several days, to keep property stored inside in a secure location. Also, remember to keep valuables away from windows where they are visible in open view. Criminals look for opportunities to profit off unsuspecting victims, and if they know what is inside, they might watch and wait to break-in when you least expect it.
By incorporating the tips below you can deter criminals and reduce the possibility of an unwanted surprise when returning to your vehicle.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE TIPS:
Theft from a vehicle is one of the most common crimes in our area. In almost all cases, the victims had left property visible in the vehicle. There is one clear message, if you want to keep someone from breaking into your vehicle, don’t leave anything visible inside the vehicle! If you will follow this one simple rule, you will likely not become a victim of this crime.
- Don’t park and then put something in your vehicle’s trunk and then walk away from the vehicle. If someone saw you put it in, they can usually access your trunk by breaking into your vehicle and accessing the trunk release. Instead, put the item in the trunk before arriving at your location. This is especially important at hiking/running locations, sporting events and shopping malls.
- Secure vehicles by rolling up the windows and locking doors (even on a hot day – it is better to take a few minutes to air out a hot car than to discover a theft)
Additional information to protect your car: https://www.eugene-or.gov/1050/Protect-Your-Car
If you happen to observe suspicious activity, or any criminal behavior, please contact police at the earliest convenience.