“Lock it or Lose it” Crime Prevention Campaign

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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