APD: Lock your doors to prevent vehicle thefts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 19:00

The Anchorage Police Department is reminding all citizens to lock their cars and remove valuables to prevent vehicle thefts.

The initiative, “Lock, Remove, Conceal, So Thieves Don’t Steal,” is in response to a 40 percent increase in vehicle thefts from January to October 2013 compared to the same period last year, APD said in a press release.

“While some areas of town show a significant increase, thefts from vehicles are up all over Anchorage,” APD Crime Analyst Bryan Morberg said in a written statement.

Morberg said most thefts occur in the victim’s driveway. Most of the thefts target unlocked cars, he said.

“Locking your car doors and removing your valuables can make all the difference,” Morberg said.

Break-ins also often occur in parking lots, APD said. Due to the holiday season and increase of shoppers, several area malls are partnering with APD to prevent vehicle thefts.

The new Parking Lot Watch program has volunteers from the Anchorage Citizen Police Academy who received training on what to look for and how to respond to suspicious activity, APD said.

Volunteers started Dec. 5, patrolling in pairs to help monitor parking lots.

APD is asking anyone who observes suspicious activity to call 786-8900 or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency. Victims of vehicle thefts can file a police report online at www.muni.org/apd.

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