Are Your Car Doors and Windows Locked?
The Chapel Hill Police Department is reminding residents and visitors of the Town of Chapel Hill to roll up your windows, lock your doors, and hide your valuables. Summer is the top season for vehicle theft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Officers have responded to an increase in reports of breaking and entering to vehicles in recent weeks, and a large number of those have been where car owners have left valuables in plain sight and doors unlocked.
Some of the affected areas include neighborhoods around Erwin and Sage roads, Old Chapel Hill Road, the Colony Woods and Briar Cliff neighborhoods, Glen Lennox, the downtown area, and the greater Northside neighborhood.
Witnesses of suspicious conditions should call 911 immediately. If anyone has information about a recent incident, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department during regular business hours at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 24 hours a day. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.
Chapel Hill Police and the NHTSA have a few helpful tips to follow when exiting your vehicle:
- Take your key; don't leave it in or on your vehicle;
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park;
- Park in well-lit areas, in a garage if possible; and
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle — especially where they are in sight.
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