William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 15, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Holbrook Police Remind Residents to Lock Their Car Doors at Night During National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
HOLBROOK – Chief William Smith and the Holbrook Police Department would like to remind residents this month to properly secure their vehicles to prevent theft and avoid becoming easy targets for thieves.
July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2017. The value of these stolen vehicles is nearly $6 billion.
“Many vehicle break-ins are simply due to unlocked car doors, open car windows or visible valuables, giving a thief easy access to a vehicle and its contents,” Chief Smith said. “Making a habit of locking doors and closing windows takes away this access, and removing valuables makes your vehicle a less likely target.”
The NHTSA and Holbrook Police remind vehicle owners to use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle.
- Take your key. Don’t leave it in your vehicle.
- Close all windows and lock all doors.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, make sure they are out of sight.
- Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
- Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.
- Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night around 9 p.m. This is known as the 9 p.m. Routine.
If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, follow these steps:
- Call 911 to report a vehicle theft or break-in. A copy of the police report and/or a case number will be needed to provide to your insurance company.
- You may be asked to provide the license plate number, make, model and color of the car, the VIN number and any identifying characteristics.
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen or broken into.
- If you find your vehicle before authorities, contact the police immediately and then your insurance company.