New this noon, the Hendersonville Police Department has launched a new campaign just in time for the holiday shopping season. Hide, Lock Take.
Chief Herbert Blake is encouraging residents to remind yourself and others when you leave the car to Hide your belongings in your vehicle, Lock your car doors and Take your car keys.
While out shopping, park your car in well-lit areas and lots that have security. Don't leave your windows rolled down or cracked, as this only makes it easier to break in to. Try to park nearest to street or entrances so that your vehicle is visible to people passing by.
If you see any suspicious activity in a parking lot, dial 911 immediately. Most thieves will scout an area out and park closely if possible. They will constantly look around before attempting to break into a vehicle and will often pull on many door handles to find one unlocked. Always call the police whenever you see anything suspicious.
If you are a victim of a vehicle burglary, you should always call 911 first. Be careful not to touch anything in case there are fingerprints. Try to see if you can establish what was stolen by viewing through windows and estimate a total cost of stolen items.
Just taking a few extra seconds locking your car, taking your belongings, and hiding your property can save you from being a victim of crime. This includes taking or hiding any phone or other electronic charging cords that may be inside your vehicle
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Don’t leave anything in your vehicle a thief can steal!