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Voorhees Township PD Releases Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

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Voorhees Township has had several vehicle burglaries reported over the past few weeks.  Included in this message are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary.  As always, please report any suspicious vehicles. people. or activity by calling 9-1-1 (emergencies) or 856-428-5400 (non-emergencies). 

What You can do to help from becoming a victim:

• Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to preventing vehicle burglaries.

 • Lock your vehicle.  Breaking windows makes noise – and criminals will try to avoid this at all costs.

• Hide valuables from sight, or, even better, take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will go to the next vehicle and window shop. Remember to hide valuables BEFORE you park in the place you’re leaving your vehicle. If a criminal sees you put a laptop in the trunk, they’ll just break into the trunk when you leave. Same advice for putting property under a seat. If a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, they’ll assume something is under there, and break in, looking for property.

• Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public. Attended parking lots, monitored by uniformed or easily identifiable legitimate parking attendants, are ideal. Remember, criminals don’t like witnesses.

• After market car stereos; consider models with removable faceplates. Take the faceplate with you when your leave your vehicle. • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

Remember that YOU are an important partner in the fight against crime.

Voorhees Township Police Department
1180 White Horse Road
Voorhees Township, NJ 08043