Valuables Left in Vehicles (Press Release)

by Police Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 01:00 (2751 days ago)

On the morning of December 13, 2011, I reviewed all calls for service that were either being worked on or were waiting to be dispatched. I noticed four vehicle burglaries that had occurred overnight. Since the Department responds to an average of 1200 car burglaries a year, I was disappointed to see four more would be added to 2011’s numbers, but I was even more discouraged after I read what was stolen. The Department has strived to educate our community that they must lock their cars and remove all valuables from plain sight. However, a quick review of the call sheets on this date revealed just the opposite – many valuable things are being stolen from Abilene vehicles. Contents included: a $550 rifle, Garmin GPS, $200 cash, $600 handgun, Christmas presents, purse containing two credit cards, $40, keys to a car, and other miscellaneous items.

This press release serves as a reminder that A Locked Car Is No Longer a Deterrent. Our citizens need to remove all valuables from their vehicles because they are the first line of defense against property crimes. I encourage all of us to work together to create a safer community.


Stan Standridge
Chief of Police

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