Lock it or Lose it
The Huntley Police Department has recently investigated several burglaries to motor vehicles that have resulted in property being stolen from our residents. We will continue to actively patrol your neighborhoods at all hours of the day in attempt to prevent this from happening to you. However, there are some steps you can take as vehicle owners to prevent criminals from stealing property out of your vehicle.
While we have responded to burglaries to motor vehicles in which the vehicles have been damaged, the majority of these types of incidents involve unlocked vehicles with no forced entry. Criminals are opportunistic and will check on door handles until they find an unlocked vehicle. Therefore, make sure your vehicle is locked and do your best to not leave valuables inside of an unattended vehicle.
Doorbell cameras and security camera footage has been extremely helpful in our investigations. This may be something to consider if you do not have some sort of security cameras on your property. Additionally, a visible camera may be a crime deterrent. If a criminal sees a camera on the property they may move on to another location.
Do not hesitate to call police if you see something suspicious. This can give officers the opportunity to locate offenders and prevent criminal activity.
Huntley Safety 1st is the monthly education series written by the staff of the Huntley Police Department. On the first of each month, we provide residents with information on a different public safety related issue.