St. Landry Parish issues vehicle break-in warning, offers tips

St. Landry Parish issues vehicle break-in warning, offers tips
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POSTED: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 11:04am

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has recently  seen an increase in vehicle break-ins, and all auto break-ins usually have one thing in common; there's something left in the car worth stealing.

Most larcenies from cars are "crimes of opportunity" that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps.

Captain Megan Vizena said, “Don't leave valuables in your vehicle. You'd be surprised how often this happens. Individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into increase greatly.”

In many of the vehicle break-ins, owners left valuables such as handbags, cash, wallets, GPS devices, MP3 players, DVD players, cell phones, laptops, and weapons visible to thieves. Owners taking the extra precaution of locking their doors and removing valuables from plain sight can deter these break-ins.

Vizena stated, “Place items out of sight before reaching your destination. Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you're gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the destination.”

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