The Franklin Police Department has seen a quick rise in the number of reported car break ins in the Kennedy School District. However these types of crimes can, and do, occur throughout the Town. There are some things you can do to minimize your risk.
When parking your vehicle, you can help protect it – and your possessions – by remembering these helpful tips:
Hide your belongings. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity. If items are not easily visible through the windows, there is less chance that a break-in will occur. Place your belongings under a seat or in the glove box to help prevent a break-in from happening in the first place. If home, bring your valuables inside.
Lock your doors. This seems obvious but along with hiding your belongings, locking your doors is one of the first lines of defense in preventing someone from entering your vehicle. The term “break-in” can be contradictory because vehicles are often entered with a simple pull of the unlocked handle. With nothing visible and the doors locked, chances are anyone considering breaking into your vehicle will likely move on.
Park in a conspicuous area. When leaving your vehicle in a parking lot or garage, try to park close to thoroughfares, entrances, and security cameras. This avoids providing a would-be thief with the anonymity they’re looking for.
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Along with placing your belongings out of sight, do not leave valuables such as cash, computers, electronics, etc. in your vehicle. It’s never a good idea to leave these items unattended in your vehicle, even if placed out of sight.
Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive and where you choose to park it, there is always an unfortunate chance of a break-in occurring. Be that as it may, just because it can happen doesn’t mean it has to. Take these proactive steps and don’t let yourself become a victim. If you see anything suspicious, please call the Franklin Police at 508-528-1212. If you have any information on the recent rise in reports, please email firstname.lastname@example.org