The McPherson police have reported an unusually large amount of car break-ins during the course of the last few weeks.
First, the McPherson Police Department reminds you to not keep valuables in the car. Valuables that are most often stolen include keys, phones, purses/bags and electronics like stereos and MP3 players.
As soon as you arrive home, remove all such items. For thieves, connectors or cables are sure signs that there are valuables to be found in a car.
If you absolutely need to leave some valuables in, keep them out of sight in a locked box and/or in the truck of your car, police said.
Also, record the model and serial numbers for those items, and engrave a personal identifier into them. Doing so will help in recovering those valuables if they are stolen.
Also, the McPherson Police Department encourages you to keep your car doors locked as well as any internal compartments, such as a glove box, police said.
Also, keep the car parked in the garage; a thief won’t be encouraged to steal out of your vehicle if he can’t see the vehicle to begin with. If a garage is not available, keep your car parked in a well-lit area.
Finally, the McPherson Police Department encourages you to be a nosy neighbor; keep an eye out for anyone who seems to give a lot of attention to cars parked in the street as they walk or drive by.
If you have any information about criminal activity in the area, you can anonymously call McPherson Crime Stoppers at 1-800-241-8118 or locally at 241-1122.