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Lock It or Lose It – DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MEDIA RELEASE

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Public Information Officer, Deputy Cocha Heyden, 303-814-7096,
pgr 303-826-7822

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RELEASE DATE: 05/08/06 RELEASE TIME: 9:00 am CASE NUMBER:

WHAT: Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver Says, “Lock It or Lose It” About Recent Car Break-Ins

NARRATIVE: DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO Due to recent car break-ins in the area, the Sheriff would like to remind citizens of some important crime prevention tips to reduce and prevent this type of crime. “We take all crime in Douglas County very seriously. We actively and aggressively pursue those that victimize our residents and the visitors to our community”, states Sheriff Weaver.

When at home:

Park cars in the garage.

Keep the garage door closed, even if you are at home.

Always lock your car doors, even if the car is inside the closed garage.

Do not leave valuables inside your car.

If you have to park your car on driveway or street, make sure to take garage door opener out.

Never leave your keys inside the car.

*The most common types of residential car break-ins involve unlocked cars and open garage doors with unlocked cars inside. These cars contain purses, wallets, electronics and other valuables.

When you are away from home:

Always keep your car doors locked, even when you are driving.

Do not leave valuables in your car. If it is unavoidable, do not leave valuables visible and secure them out of view, such as in the trunk, prior to arriving at your destination.

If your purse or wallet is stolen, credit cards should be cancelled immediately. If possible, leave checks at home. Check thieves can fabricate new checks with your information from the stolen ones.

Never leave your car running unattended.

*Fitness centers, gas stations/convenience stores, and daycare centers are common targets because patrons are known to leave valuables in their cars at these types of locations.

Sheriff Weaver also states, “I need the citizens help. If we take a few extra minutes each day to make sure we have taken some of these prevention steps we can hopefully decrease these types of crimes. We also want to send a message to the criminals that the citizens of Douglas County are watching out for them and do not want to be victimized anymore.”

Please report any suspicious activity immediately to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500. -30

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