CHADRON – The Chadron Police Department is reminding residents the best and easiest way to prevent a items from being stolen from a vehicle is to lock the doors.
Sergeant Chelsey Stolley says 5 thefts from vehicles over the last few days are being investigated and it appears all 5 vehicles were left unlocked.
Investigators also believe the thefts were committed by juveniles who checking to see if the vehicles they were walking past were locked – bypassing those that were.
Sgt Stolley says Chadron police want everyone to remember not to leave their keys and valuables in their vehicles and to lock the doors – even if the vehicle is in a locked garage because it offers another level of protection.
The following are some guidelines to keep in mind to help protect you from a potential theft.
Keep spare keys in safe locations, report if any have gone missing recently
Change locks if keys have gone missing
Lock doors to vehicles and buildings
Set a door/car alarm if able
Don’t keep valuables inside vehicles, and if it cannot be helped, have the valuables not in plain sight
Lighting is a great deterrent, motion activated floodlights or even parking beneath a street light is better than leaving a parked vehicle in the dark
Call the Chadron Police Department if you see any individuals acting suspicious (checking car windows/doors while walking down the street).