Combat the Cat
The WPD launched its Combat the Cat campaign in November 2018. The campaign aims to educate residents about the dangers of leaving vehicles unlocked while unattended. The theme of the campaign, and the inspiration for its name, is the iconic cat burglar.
“A number of residents have unfortunately experienced theft from motor vehicles over the past year, so we came up with this awareness campaign to remind residents of the ways that they can prevent incidents from happening in the future,” stated Lt. Amanda Behan. “A great way to start is by always locking your vehicles, even in driveways. If it is necessary to leave valuables in your vehicle for a short amount of time, lock them in the trunk or keep them out sight, and never leave firearms in unlocked vehicles – period.”
Remember: “Lock it Tight or Risk the Swipe!”
Theft from Motor Vehicle Prevention Tips
- Always lock your vehicles – even in driveways
- Avoid storing valuables in vehicles – only do so for short amounts of time if necessary
- Keep valuables out of sight – lock them in the trunk
- Never leave firearms in unlocked vehicles
- Park in well-lit areas
- Close windows completely while the vehicle is unattended to prevent thieves from accessing the internal lock/unlock buttons
The holiday season is a busy time for shoppers – and thieves. However, the WPD is happy to report that the number of calls for theft from motor vehicles (11/1-12/31) decreased to only 7 in 2018 – a sharp drop from 20 in 2017 and 22 and 2016. We believe that means Winchester would rather Lock it Tight than Risk the Swipe and did its part to Combat the Cat!
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