Prevent vehicle break-ins in Longmont
2 - The number of seconds required to lock a vehicle.
5 - The number of seconds required to hide valuables from eyesight.
40 - The percentage of property crimes that involved vehicles in Longmont.
91 - The percentage of cars and trucks involved in these crimes that were not locked. (as of 11/1/2015)
PREVENT THEFT - Hide it, lock it, or lose it. It takes less than 10 seconds to steal any item on the list below from an unlocked vehicle. The average value of a loss is $450 at five hours to replace these items. The cost of protecting your identity is priceless.
The top items stolen from vehicles in Longmont include:
- GPS Systems
- Laptop computers, cell phones, iPods, digital cameras and portable DVD players
- Audio equipment (CD players, amps, speakers, subwoofers)
- Registration / Insurance papers
- Wallets and purses containing identifications, credit cards and cash (for identity theft)
- Gym bags and backpacks (books, wallets and identification)
- Tools (work and personal)
- Garage door openers
- Sunglasses, pocket change, ear buds
Help law enforcement reduce this crime by:
- Locking your car.
- Removing ALL valuables from your car - EVERYTIME you leave it. Don't make your vehicle a more desirable target for thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.
- Taking your keys with you. A large number of stolen vehicles had the keys left in them. Never hide a second set of keys in your vehicle. Extra keys are easily found if a thief takes the time to look.
- Rolling up your windows.
- Parking in a driveway, garage, or in a well-lit place.
- By enabling your car security system if you have one. Use a club or alarm. Thieves do not like to draw the public's attention.
- If you see any suspicious parties, call the police immediately at 9-1-1 or (303)651-8501. If the suspicious party is in a vehicle write down the license plate number, description of the car, and the occupant(s) description. Play close attention to their direction of travel. Do not contact any suspicious party.
Residents and police working together makes Longmont a better place to live, work and play!