Crime of Opportunity: Theft from Autos

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Crime of Opportunity: Theft from Autos


Theft from Autos is a crime of opportunity. Criminals look for any chance by finding unlocked car doors and items of value in plain view.

We would like to offer some Safety Tips to deter such activity:

1. Lock your car doors and close your windows.
2. Don’t leave keys in your vehicle.
3. Park in a garage or a well-lit area.
4. Be aware of ID theft if items stolen contain personal information.
5. Don’t leave valuables in your car. Even small items of all value.


This alert was posted by the Gaithersburg Police Department in Montgomery County, Maryland.



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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Debbie Holmes
John L. Scott - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

This is great advice for anyone.

Dec 13, 2019 01:15 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

This is important information Roy. It's easy to get carried away with shopping & forget basic safety measures.

Dec 13, 2019 03:30 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It's a busy time of year with folks doing a lot of holiday shopping.  Your tips are especially timely.

Dec 13, 2019 07:42 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This is a good public service tip, Roy Kelley.  Watch for porch pirates also!

Dec 14, 2019 04:46 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great PSA, Roy. We have the same here in Charlotte and our police department is always sending out notices/announcements on how to avoid car theft. Most of it is common sense and one has to wonder why so many people "don't get it."

Dec 14, 2019 05:03 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - keep those cars lock and the contents hidden.  Happened to me years ago.

Dec 14, 2019 10:38 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Dec 16, 2019 06:07 AM #17
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