The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office would like to provide some Crime Prevention tips to the community on how to protect your vehicle from becoming a target for larceny. If a thief sees something inside of your vehicle that he wants, he will break into your vehicle. So here are some methods to help you avoid becoming a victim of larceny.
- Make sure that you secure your vehicle, even when it’s parked in the driveway of your home. Don’t make it easy for a thief to be able to enter your vehicle. A number of entering autos can be prevented by locking your doors and securing your items.
- Make sure that all doors are locked and windows are up. This tip includes closing sunroofs too. Break-ins can happen quickly, and an unlocked door or cracked open window makes your car an easy target.
- Activate your vehicle’s alarm, if possible. An installed alarm system can discourage an entering auto suspect who likes to work in silence.
- Hide or put your valuables away. Thieves like to look into vehicle’s windows, checking for items of possible value. Put all items, such as bags, boxes, and other valuables in your home or lock them inside of the trunk of your vehicle. An entering auto thief does not know if a bag or box is empty. They just see the opportunity to walk away with something of possible value.
- Never leave firearms visible in your vehicle.
- Never leave a firearm inside of your vehicle overnight.
- Make a record of your firearm’s serial number. This can be done by taking a photo of the serial number, or documenting it in a secure ledger. This information is needed to help recover and return a firearm, if it is stolen.
- Never leave your car running and unattended while at a gas station or any business. This is an easy way for a thief to enter your vehicle and even drive away with it.
- Keep a record of your vehicle’s VIN number and tag number. This information is needed to help law enforcement search and recover the vehicle quickly.
To report any suspicious activity or a crime contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500. For emergencies call 911.