The Henrico County Police Division is urging residents to lock their vehicles and not store items of value in their vehicles following a recent increase in stolen vehicles and larcenies from vehicles.
The number of incidents of these crimes has risen countywide during the past month. An overwhelming majority of cases have involved vehicles that were not locked; some were also unattended and running. In the past 30 days, there have been 267 incidents of larcenies from vehicles and 60 vehicles stolen countywide.
“Residents are encouraged to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Keep your vehicle locked at all times, take your keys with you and remove from view any money or valuables that may attract attention,” Police Chief Humberto “Hum” I. Cardounel Jr. said. “In many cases, a thief may steal a vehicle or valuables from inside only if the opportunity presents itself.”
To encourage residents to take steps to prevent these crimes, Henrico Police is initiating the “Lock It or Lose It” campaign on its social media platforms, facebook.com/henricocountypolice and twitter.com/henricopolice.
Residents can further protect their vehicles and possessions by placing items out of sight, parking in well-lit areas, reporting suspicious subjects and leaving no vehicle running and unattended. Residents are also reminded not to store identification cards or papers in their vehicle, which if stolen, could be used to steal their identity.
For more information, contact the Henrico Police Community Policing Unit at (804) 501-4838.