Crime Prevention and Community Education
What is crime prevention?
It is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.
The Burlington Police Department offers a number of crime prevention programs that help promote and improve safety for community groups and individuals. Officers provide educational resources and programs to assist those interested in learning more about crime prevention. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities for citizens to remove or reduce crime risk. Our professionally trained Crime Prevention Specialists can assist our citizens with home or business security surveys. The specialists provide the latest crime prevention through environmentally designed tips and strategies for how to protect your home or business.
Nobody wants to be the victim of a crime, but if you leave GPS units, phones, purses, or other valuables visible in your vehicle, you are increasing the risk that you will be a victim of theft. BPD reports that most thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving valuables in view where thieves can easily spot them. The message is, "If thieves see it, they will steal it."
67% of Burlington's reported breaking and entering of autos were committed on unlocked vehicles!
What are thieves looking for? Everything! This includes: audio equipment, cash, purses, cell phones, tools, clothes, driver's licenses and other personal documents, check books, luggage, cameras, GPS units, or any other items of value or personal identification. If a thief manages to get anything with your personal information on it, including a social security number, you are now in danger of becoming a victim of identity theft. The key to preventing thefts from your vehicle starts with you! Listed below are some quick tips to help prevent theft from your vehicle:
- Lock your doors and take your keys with you
- Park in secure, well-lit locations
- Don't leave your valuables in plain sight, lock them in your trunk or take them with you