“Lock it or Lose it” Crime Prevention Campaign

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The Brigantine Police Department Launches the “Lock it or Lose it” Crime Prevention Campaign

To help prevent  property crimes, the  Brigantine Police Department has begun a public education campaign: “Lock it or Lose it.”  Almost every theft involving a vehicle is because people leave valuables in plain view and/or in an unlocked car. The  Brigantine Police Department is hoping to educate residents on crime prevention.

It takes less than 30 seconds to break into a car, grab what is in plain view, check the usual hiding places (glove box, center console & under the seat) and get away. Theft prevention like all crime prevention, involves limiting the criminal’s opportunity to commit crime. With very little effort, residents and visitors can make a huge difference in not only reducing, but preventing crime.

The principle behind “Lock it or Lose it” is simple; protect your personal property.

  • Lock your vehicle at all times.
  • Keep your valuables – laptop, camera, MP3 player, GPS system, cell phone, purse, wallet, briefcase and other items out of plain view.
  • Leave no trace or sign of electronics, such as docking stations or connector cables.
  • Remove your third row seats and store them in a locked garage.
  • Don’t leave packages or shopping bags visible in your car.
  • Unload your car immediately when you get home. Do not leave items in your car overnight.
  • Set your alarm or anti-theft device.
  • If you don’t get it, they will.

The community is reminded to call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress or any suspicious activity or persons.  Everyone has a  key role in preventing crime. If residents would like to find out more , please call (609)  266-7414

 

Thank You for your support

Chief of Police John E. Stone

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