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Don’t create opportunities for auto theft

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Bloomington Briefing Published September 1, 2021

Car prowl is stealing contents or parts from a car. A car prowl is often a crime of opportunity and can happen in a few minutes. An offender will often break into a car based on the perception that the items visible are valuable. It can happen at any time of day and in a variety of settings such as street parking, parking lots and garages. According to Bloomington Police, offenders are watching out for people who hide their valuables at the last minute. 

“Think and plan ahead. If you know that you are going to leave valuables, make sure they have been hidden before you get to your parking spot,” Sergeant Erik Norling said. “If they don’t see you hide things or don’t see exposed things, they won’t waste their time going through your car.”

Here are some tips from the Bloomington Police to prevent auto theft:

  • When parking, close all windows, including the sunroof, and lock doors before leaving your car.
  • Remove electronics, purses, wallets, money and other valuables. If possible, keep these items in your trunk or out of sight. 
  • Do not keep credit cards or sensitive information in your car.
  • Do not leave garage door openers or keys in the car unattended.
  • Park in a well-lit area, garage, or secured parking.
  • Be observant when you exit or enter your car, and check for suspicious behavior. 
  • Consider installing a visible or audible alert device in your car.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 immediately.
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