I know this topic has been covered in the past, but it bears repeating as the Peoria Police Department responds to this type of Call for Service on a daily basis. Here is a list of suggestions for protecting your vehicles and your valuables.
* Don’t leave valuables in your car. That sounds like common sense, but drivers/passengers do leave items of value, even firearms, in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target.
* If you must leave valuable items in your car while you are away, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
* Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
* Try to park in busy, well-lighted areas, or in your garage (if you have one).
* Raise your windows and lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every week, items are stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner expected to be away for “just a second.” Thieves often target vehicles at gas stations or parents dropping their children off at daycare centers and schools.
* Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto burglar.
* Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint, and after-market tint is handy to keep all the broken glass in one “sheet” when they break out your window.