Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You Hold The Key To A Safe Collier County

Thieves are continuing to target unlocked vehicles in Collier County, and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is calling on the community to help stop the trend.

CCSO is relaunching its 2010 public safety campaign called “You Hold The Key.”

During the safety campaign, CCSO will be reminding the community about the importance of locking their car doors. The message will be shared through, public service announcements on CCSO’s monthly “On Scene” television show, the agency’s Facebook page and at Crime Prevention events.

Sheriff Rambosk believes the community holds the key to a safer Collier County

“If motorists simply remove their valuables and lock their doors, the number of vehicle break-ins will go down,” Sheriff Rambosk said.

Vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity. Many thieves pull on door handles until they find an unlocked vehicle. Thieves also tend to look through vehicle windows to see if there are any valuables inside. That’s why CCSO recommends that motorists either remove valuables from their vehicle or stow them away out of view.

Here are more ways you can keep your vehicle safe:

* Remove all valuables or keep them out of sight. This is particularly important with GPS systems, laptops and iPods. Make sure to remove all base mounts, cords and chargers from view as well.

* Remember to lock your doors even when your car is parked at home. That’s where most unlocked vehicle burglaries happen.

* If your vehicle is broken into, report it to law enforcement even if nothing significant was taken.  The more information investigators have about these crimes, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to identify and stop the people committing them.