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Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Cars

An officer from the Philadelphia police department urges residents to lock their cars.

Philadelphia police officer Charles Klein of the 5th Police District told members of the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association that all residents should make sure their car doors are locked.

Officer Klein said that there has been a high number of thefts from vehicles recently, and that a lot of the cars had unlocked doors.

Klein also urges residents with GPS systems to hide them from sight when the vehicle is not occupied.

"Lock your cars," Klein said.  "Always remember to do that."

J. March 07, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Lock the club on your steering wheel and keep all your possessions in your car out of sight. Use wheel locks. If there's a chance you'll be away from your car after dusk, park in a well-lit area or near a lamppost. They see, they smash, they grab. Don't leave things lying on the seat, dash or floor. If there's a chance you'll be away from your car after dusk, park in a well-lit area or near a lamppost.The theft of small items from cars may yield the occasional bonanza (a wallet or laptop, for instance), but many thieves go for small items. By making your car a harder target for smash-and-grab theft, you make it less desirable. So: Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park. Us a security system if you have one. Avoid using the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes, since these are obvious to thieves, too. A key on the dash or in the ignition may propel the weak-willed or enterprising into outright auto theft. And keep in mind that if you have a great hiding place for a key – say, in your wheel well or above your sun visor. Move personal items ahead of time. While the trunk is better than the passenger compartment for shopping bags and laptops, an experienced thief will often stake out a parking lot and watch you transfer your valuables. Move things before you get to your destination, and you're a step ahead of the game. Don't park in areas with a lot of graffiti as lawless people hang out in these areas, that's a big problem in Manayunk.
Duke March 07, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Thanks J. All good advice you gave I am glad I read your good advice on Patch today. I have read and seen that where the graffiti laws are enforced not only are there less burglaries of auto's but also an overall drop of crime. In his first term as Mayor, Giuliani, in conjunction with New York City Police Department. This involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti led to an overall drop in crime in New York City. *There are many towns where the Police enforce graffiti and as a result they have less crime. Lawless people like to hang out in areas with a lot of graffiti. Unfortunately it is tough to find a parking space where you do not see graffiti in the 5th District. *In his first term as Mayor, Giuliani, in conjunction with New York City Police Department. This involved crackdowns on relatively minor offenses such as graffiti which caused a reduction in overall crime in New York City. He did have a law enforcement background as he served as a prosecutor at one time so he knew what he was doing and you cannot argue with success. He did know law enforcement.
Alawishes J. Kornberg March 07, 2013 at 01:42 PM
J. Good advice. A good reminder for all of us. I have heard that some thieves will smash out a window of a car if they are able to see a coin in the car and grab the coin even if it is just a penny. Thanks for the post and the good information.
Thomas Elliott March 07, 2013 at 02:13 PM
On stretches of roads without houses (like churchview) I often notice little piles of broken glass on the ground. Even bits of road with houses on one side seem to have a higher rate of broken windows. I'd say thieves seem more likely to break in when they feel safe from the prying eyes of neighbors. Are there a lot of actual car thefts in Manayunk/Rox? I'd be interested to know the stats. (Not anecdotal evidence)
Todd March 07, 2013 at 07:49 PM
If you lock your door, won't they just bash it in?
Alawishes J. Kornberg March 07, 2013 at 08:19 PM
"If you lock your door, won't they just bash it in?" They might. No guarantees. However they are looking for easy targets. I think J. and Duke gave some good advice. The people breaking into cars and stealing the contents are not rocket scientists or Rhodes Scholars so all you can do is try not to become a professional victim so if you follow the advice given by J. or Duke on this subject it may help prevent you from becoming a victim. More then likely the thief will look for a car that when they look through the window they see something inside it does not have to be a GPS and it could be just one penny they see that will cause them to smash out a window of a car. The thieves do look for the easiest targets. You can lock your car until doomsday if these thieves see some loose change in a car they will bust out the window. But locking your car, having an alarm, having a club, not parking in a desolate area, have nothing showing in your car that a thief can see through the window all helps and could possible move the thief to look in another car where the owner took no or few precautions.

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