Preventing Burglary of a Motor Vehicle
By Danny Oberst
The burglary of personal property in a parked motor vehicle (BMV) continues to be a persistent problem in Bryan Place and Dallas in general. The Burglary of a Motor Vehicle represents about half of the reported crimes in Bryan Place and Dallas. The Dallas Police Department has the following BMV prevention tips:
Take, Lock, Hide.
- Lock your vehicle.
Yes, it takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise– and criminals hate making noise. Also, officers report that in many instances where a victim left their vehicle unlocked (to prevent windows from being broken); the suspect broke the window anyway, expecting the vehicle to be locked.
- Hide valuables from sight
Or even better, take them with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will go to the next vehicle to window shop. Remember to hide valuables BEFORE you park in the place you are leaving your vehicle. If a criminal sees your put a laptop in the trunk, they will just break into the backseat. If a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, they will assume something is under there and break in looking for property.
- Park in areas that are not secluded
Well-lit parking lots, with good “sight lines,” make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public. Attended parking lots, monitored by uniformed or easily identifiable legitimate parking attendants are ideal. Remember, criminals don’t like witnesses.
- If you have an after-market stereo; consider models with removable faceplates
Take the faceplate with you when you leave your vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle
If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn the item, will be identi..ied. In Dallas, pawn shops are required to record the names and proper Id information of persons pawning merchandise. If a serial number of a stolen piece ofproperty is identified, it is easy to identify the suspect who pawned it. Unfortunately, the vast majority ofproperty stolen is not marked, or the serial numbers are not recorded, and the property is never identified as stolen.
You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of BMV by following the above tips and using common sense. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.