Windsor Park Neighborhood,
Below are the listed Part 1 crimes that occurred in the Windsor Park Neighborhood for the month of August 2022. Please disseminate the information out to your community. SEAL (Significant Events Activity Log)
As a neighborhood, Windsor Park is doing FANTASTIC regarding violent crime. The hot topic for the month of August is THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE.
I know this is repetitive information but let’s continue our efforts to minimize the opportunities for criminals to break in our vehicles. Below are some tips that may help you in your day-to-day activities when it comes to securing your vehicles.
1.Lock Your Doors
Keeping your doors locked is the first step in deterring a thief. It's good to get into the habit of checking your car doors.
2. Remove Your Keys from the Vehicle
Never leave your keys in the ignition. If your key is in the car, a thief can simply break a window and drive off. Please do not leaving your car running, even if you're just going into a store for a quick errand. A running vehicle may be an easy mark for a thief, especially if it is unattended or unlocked.
3. Do Not Leave a Spare Key Near Your Vehicle
Some people keep a spare key under the car or in the glove box, just in case they get locked out — but thieves know where to check for an extra key. While getting locked out of your car is a pain, think about the potential hassle of your car getting stolen.
4. Close the Windows
Keep your windows closed completely. A thief can simply reach into your car through an open window and take what they can reach. Thieves can unlock the door to gain full access to your vehicle and everything in it.
5. Park in Well-Lit Areas
Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by passers-by.
6. Install an Audible Alarm System and Anti-Theft Device
Installing an audible alarm system, if your car did not come with one, and using a visible anti-theft device can greatly reduce the chances of your car being broken into.
Visible devices, such as a steering wheel lock, window etching or an alarm system's flashing light, may also be enough to deter a thief from stealing your car.
7. Install a Vehicle Immobilizer System
Thieves can bypass your ignition by "hotwiring" your car, but you can help prevent this by using a vehicle immobilizer system. Immobilizer systems may incorporate smart keys, kill switches and wireless ignition authentication.
8. Install a Tracking System
You may want to consider installing a tracking system, which can also be called a vehicle recovery system. (As with the other alarms, you may need to have a professional install the device.) When your car is stolen, this tracking system will use wireless and/or GPS technology to emit a signal to the police or a monitoring service of your vehicle's location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster.
9. Don't Leave Valuables in Your Car
One way to attract a thief is to leave a purse, cell phone or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. It's best to leave anything of value at home, but, if you must have something important with you, keep it out of sight.
10. Be Alert
Be aware of your surroundings when you park your car. If you are wary of the safety of your car or see someone loitering around the parking lot, it's best to park somewhere else.
What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen
If your car is stolen, contact the police immediately. If you have the below information handy, it could assist the police in recovering your vehicle faster.
The year, make, model and color of the car
License plate number
Vehicle Identification Number (also called the "VIN")
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS…… If you observe something suspicious or any criminal activity, say something, call 911
As always don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions/concerns.
Officer N. Montero P4830
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Eastway Division Community Coordinator
3505 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205