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RCIPS Warn Community about Vehicle Break Ins and Thefts

Law Enforcement 20 Apr, 2024 Follow News

RCIPS Warn Community about Vehicle Break Ins and Thefts

Police are seeing an increase in the numbers of reports of thefts from vehicles, both being left insecure and vehicle windows being smashed and items stolen. Commonly stolen items include tools, jewelery, electronics and money.

"We want to remind the public, the importance of removing all items of value from their vehicle when you return home at the end of the day - especially tools, jewelry, electronics and money" says Chief Superintendent Brad Ebanks. "If some items are unable to be removed eg: certain types of constructions tools, consider ways to secure them within the vehicle, for example, keep tools locked inside a heavy duty tool box within your vehicle".

"We continue to see thefts from vehicles advancing from 'opportunistic' in nature, where unlocked vehicles have provided easy access to thieves, to what we consider are targeted and brazen thefts, whereby thieves are scanning car interiors for items of value before smashing windows and taking items. These thefts are often occurring overnight, when vehicles are parked at persons' residence or at commercial premises. The RCIPS has already made a number of arrests and will continue to investigate incidents when reported. However, we implore the public to display some preventative measures to avoid becoming a target", said Chief Supt. Ebanks.

Remember:


1. Most importantly, don't leave valuable items in your vehicle.
2. If you have to store items in your vehicles, ensure they are not visible when your car is unattended.
3. Where possible, record serial numbers and keep photos of your valuables, or engrave unique markings in order that they can be identified more easily if a theft does occur, and for insurance purposes.
4. Always secure windows and lock the doors of vehicles when they are unattended - especially overnight.
5. Consider adding a vehicle alarm and/or CCTV cameras at your property as an additional measure if possible.
6. When not at home, park vehicles in well-lit areas and if possible in places with security cameras or security officers on sight

The RCIPS is encouraging all members of the public to report any such incidents to the police, by contacting 9-1-1, or your nearest police station.


If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of the construction tools being stolen please contact the RCIPS, or anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website<http://www.rcips.ky/submit-a-tip>.



Tips can also be submitted anonymously via the Cayman Crime Stoppers website<caymancrimestoppers.com>


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