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Leave Things in Your Car!
The Eureka Police Department issued a
reminder to community residents
Tuesday warning against leaving purses, wallets, checkbooks or credit
cards in vehicles parked at the Broadway Cinema.
Between Dec. 12 and
Jan. 21, six vehicles were burglarized while parked there, four
occurring last week.
not targeting certain businesses, were just trying to educate the
business owners and their clients so they don’t become victims,” said
EPD Public Information Officer Suzie Owsley. A burglary can have more lasting effects
than the loss of cash or personal items.
not just burglary, it’s identity theft after the burglary,” Owsley
said. “That’s our real concern and that’s what we’re hoping is the real
concern of the citizens of Eureka.”
can take steps to prevent becoming victims.
you have to do is take your purse or wallet into the store or the movie
theater or wherever you go when you leave,” Owsley said.
items are not left in view, she said many burglars know what places
people commonly hide their purses or wallets in the car, including
under the seat or in the trunk.
“A lot of them are
watching and as soon as you are gone they are breaking into the car,”
EPD Detective Curt
Honeycutt agreed that it is common for burglars to watch people leave
items in their vehicles. “These are the vehicles they target,” he
businesses choose to put surveillance cameras in their parking lots to
aid in catching burglars, which can be helpful, she said.
business, if you’re thinking of putting in surveillance cameras to
watch your parking lot, make sure you get quality equipment that will
produce a good photo,” Owsley said. “If it’s cheap, the results are not
identity is stolen it can take quite
a bit of time to file a police report, cancel credit cards and bank
accounts and check credit reports to make sure no one is opening new
accounts or making other purchases in the person’s name.
identity theft is easier than trying to fix it after it has occurred,
that people take responsibility,” Owsley said. “People should try to
prevent it in the first place.”