The Georgetown Police Department is reminding individuals to take note of a few simple safety tips to help prevent thefts from vehicles.
Lock your doors and close your windows — the majority of thefts from vehicles reported each year involve cars that were left unlocked. Always lock your doors and put your windows up, regardless of where you are parking, to avoid making your vehicle an easy target.
Remove valuables from sight — leaving a GPS unit on the dashboard or a laptop computer bag on the back seat is asking for trouble. Numerous electronic devices — even change left in cup holders — can be easily grabbed by thieves. Secure valuable items in the trunk or cover them up and keep them out of view, preferably before you reach your destination.
Park in well-lit areas — parking in a well-lit area, where your vehicle is highly visible, will also deter thieves. Choose an area with high amounts of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
Eliminate the signs of valuables — Car break-ins are not usually random. Thieves look for signs of valuables, such as an empty GPS mount on the dashboard or windshield, or power cables and chargers. Some companies make bean bag-style mounts for your GPS unit, which leave no suction cup marks and can be removed quickly.