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Crime Prevention – Larceny from Motor Vehicles

The Huntersville Police Department is seeking assistance from the public to curb a trend that is emerging not only in Huntersville but also regionally and nationally. Data has shown an increase in thefts from motor vehicles; particularly unlocked vehicles.

Of great concern are the larcenies of firearms from unlocked motor vehicles. Since June, there have been six larcenies of firearms from motor vehicles in Huntersville. Five of these firearms were stolen from unlocked vehicles. This means that five of the six instances could have been prevented by simply locking the vehicle or by not leaving a firearm unattended in an unlocked vehicle.

As the holiday season approaches, the Chief of Police is requesting that citizens living in and visiting Huntersville take precautions to prevent these crimes. One of the best deterrents is locking the vehicle every time it’s parked whether it is parked at a home or in a retail area. Most often thieves are looking for easy targets. It is our hope that each and every person will make sure that the thieves do not find any easy targets here.

With vigilance from our citizens this is a crime that can be easily prevented. Below are some other tips to prevent thefts from motor vehicles:
• Always lock your vehicle's doors and remove valuables or at least keep them out of sight.
• Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is unlocked.
• Remember to lock your doors even when your car is parked at home.
• Never leave your car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area.
• If you must leave valuable objects or packages in your vehicle, lock them in the trunk.
• Park in well-lit areas when possible.
• Avoid parking near large vehicles and bushes as they provide cover for thieves.
• Call 911 if you see somebody looking into windows, pulling door handles or checking for alarms by bumping windows or bumpers.

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