Noting that “Over the last several months we have seen a slight increase in the theft of vehicles in Mission Hills,” the city is encouraging citizens to take commonsense precautions to prevent such crime.
Crime Prevention Officer Matt Boggs used an article in the most recent issue of “The Columns,” Mission Hills’ resident newsletter, to remind residents of the following tips:
- Park vehicles in the garage. If you must park in the driveway, keep the vehicle well lit so neighbors and officers would be able to see anyone around the vehicles.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle overnight. If you must leave items in the vehicle, lock them in the trunk out of sight.
- Do not leave a spare key inside the vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of your valuables and keep the numbers in a safe place (not in a vehicle).
- Lock vehicles when you leave them. If you get in the habit of doing it every time, you will not forget to do it overnight.
- Be aware of strange people or vehicles in your neighborhood.
Boggs writes that “There are no specific types of vehicles targeted,” in the recent incidents, “except that most of them have valuable items inside or spare keys inside,” and that “most of the victim vehicles were unlocked.”