Recent Uptick - Thefts from Vehicles - East Goshen
WEGO PD would like to alert the public of a recent uptick of thefts from vehicles in the area. Over the past few months WEGO PD and other surrounding police departments have taken theft from vehicle reports in fitness clubs and parks. The most recent theft occurring on July 18, 2019 at the East Goshen Township Park. A vehicles window was broken out and the victim’s purse with their credit cards, cash and ID inside. The victim’s credit cards were soon after used in Delaware.
Daytime vehicle break-ins often occur in parking lots of shopping centers, fitness centers, parks, and daycares. This is where victims are most likely to either be away from their vehicle for an extended period of time or leave their valuables in the vehicle. Thieves often will park and wait in the area to watch potential victims exit and walk away from their vehicles. Females tend to be targeted the most because they commonly leave handbags in their vehicle. If the vehicle is locked, thieves will break a vehicle window and remove valuables in a matter of seconds. Often taken are handbags with cash, credit cards, check books, and ID cards inside. This will then lead to a whole other issue, check and credit card fraud and potential identity theft.
WEGO PD strives to prevent these crimes from occurring with proactive patrol, but the unfortunate truth is that we cannot catch them all. These incidents tend to be crimes of opportunity. If you don’t give them the opportunity, then it likely won’t happen. The best way to prevent these crimes is to do the following.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicles, such as cash, credit cards, check books, ID cards, or the keys to the vehicle.
- If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, place them out of view or in the trunk. The center console and glove compartment is likely the first place they will look.
- Do not hesitate to call 911 if you see suspicious activity. And no don’t tell the thief you called us. We want it to be a surprise. Don’t spoil the party!
Victims often say they didn’t think they had to lock their car or hide their valuables because they thought it was a nice area. Just because the area looks nice and crime free doesn’t mean a thief can’t come visit unannounced. Thieves are drawn to locations where victims are unsuspecting and they are likely to have an easier time getting what they want. Help us make it difficult and keep them from wanting to come back.