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  • Beach, Mark (MPD)
    As you can see from the table below we are experiencing an increase in the number of Thefts from Automobiles in/around Costco. Please review the information
    Message 1 of 9 , Sep 3, 2013
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      As you can see from the table below we are experiencing an increase in the number of Thefts from Automobiles in/around Costco.  Please review the information provided below and assist us in reducing the odds that you or a loved one is victimized. 

       

      Month

      Total TFA

      January

      1

      May

      2

      June

      2

      July

      4

      August

      7

      Total

      16

       

      One of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots?

       

      All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there's something left in the car worth stealing. Most thefts from cars are "crimes of opportunity" that could be prevented by taking some or all of the following preventative steps.

      • Don't leave valuables in your vehicle: You'd be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.
      • Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination: Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you're gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, shop, restaurant, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth. If you can't take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or your trunk.
      • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open: Lock them into your trunk, if you have to leave the vehicle unattended. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away.
      • Lock ALL of your vehicle's doors: This is true even if you plan on only being gone for "just a second". Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It's not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren't left open.
      • Park in busy, well lit areas: Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
      • Don't leave a trace: Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are "random". The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables.
      • Alarms or anti-theft devices work: Thieves are usually looking for the "easiest" target. If your car has an alarm, it could act as a deterrent. But don't make this common mistake: Just because you have an alarm, doesn't mean thieves won't break-in, IF you leave valuable items in plain sight.
      • Don't leave spare keys in your vehicle: An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys elsewhere, possibly your wallet or purse.

       

      One of the "hottest" items that thieves are targeting both locally and nationally, is the GPS system in your vehicle. It's very simple "if you leave a GPS system in your car, the chances are it will be stolen". Here are few tips to prevent your satellite navigation system from being taken:

      • Take the whole unit out of your vehicle including the mounting bracket. Don't leave your vehicle unattended with the GPS system in plain sight.
      • Wipe the windshield so that the suction marks left from the system are wiped away.

       

      Mark Beach
      Assistant Patrol District Commander
      Metropolitan DC Police Department
      Fifth Police District
      1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
      Washington, DC 20002
      202-345-1313 BeachBerry
      202-698-0150 5D Station Operations
      202-327-4392 5D Watch Commander
      202-698-0111 5D Command Complex 
      202-727-9099 Command Information Center
      "Commitment to Excellence" 
       
      CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail is confidential, intended only for use by the named recipient(s) above. The content included in this email is the property of the Metropolitan Police Department and is law enforcement sensitive. This email should not be forwarded or disseminated to unauthorized users. It should only be used by the intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by replying to this e-mail at the address shown above. This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential information. Please delete it from your files if you are not the intended recipient.
       

       

      Join DDOT on Saturday, September 7th for a celebration on the new 11th Street Bridge commemorating DDOT's decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the bridge to traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information visit AnacostiaWaterfront.org.

        


      From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of leslie strothers [leslie_strothers@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 9:26 AM
      To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Vehicle break ins at Costco

       

      Thank you for this update. as someone who shops somewhat regularly at Costco, I have never had any problems with the staff. Why do you think that the "cart guys" are assisting/aiding the car thefts?
       
      Leslie on Girard

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      Message 2 of 9 , Sep 3, 2013
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        From: Beach, Mark (MPD) <mark.beach@...>;
        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>;
        Cc: Solberg, Andrew (MPD) <andrew.solberg@...>; Groomes, Diane (MPD) <diane.groomes@...>; Hughes, Corinne (MPD) <corinne.hughes@...>;
        Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Vehicle break ins at Costco
        Sent: Tue, Sep 3, 2013 2:38:10 PM

         

        As you can see from the table below we are experiencing an increase in the number of Thefts from Automobiles in/around Costco.  Please review the information provided below and assist us in reducing the odds that you or a loved one is victimized. 

         

        Month

        Total TFA

        January

        1

        May

        2

        June

        2

        July

        4

        August

        7

        Total

        16

         

        One of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots?

         

        All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there's something left in the car worth stealing. Most thefts from cars are "crimes of opportunity" that could be prevented by taking some or all of the following preventative steps.

        • Don't leave valuables in your vehicle: You'd be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they're visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.
        • Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination: Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you're gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, shop, restaurant, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth. If you can't take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or your trunk.
        • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open: Lock them into your trunk, if you have to leave the vehicle unattended. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away.
        • Lock ALL of your vehicle's doors: This is true even if you plan on only being gone for "just a second". Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It's not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren't left open.
        • Park in busy, well lit areas: Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
        • Don't leave a trace: Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are "random". The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables.
        • Alarms or anti-theft devices work: Thieves are usually looking for the "easiest" target. If your car has an alarm, it could act as a deterrent. But don't make this common mistake: Just because you have an alarm, doesn't mean thieves won't break-in, IF you leave valuable items in plain sight.
        • Don't leave spare keys in your vehicle: An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys elsewhere, possibly your wallet or purse.

         

        One of the "hottest" items that thieves are targeting both locally and nationally, is the GPS system in your vehicle. It's very simple "if you leave a GPS system in your car, the chances are it will be stolen". Here are few tips to prevent your satellite navigation system from being taken:

        • Take the whole unit out of your vehicle including the mounting bracket. Don't leave your vehicle unattended with the GPS system in plain sight.
        • Wipe the windshield so that the suction marks left from the system are wiped away.

         

        Mark Beach
        Assistant Patrol District Commander
        Metropolitan DC Police Department
        Fifth Police District
        1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
        Washington, DC 20002
        202-345-1313 BeachBerry
        202-698-0150 5D Station Operations
        202-327-4392 5D Watch Commander
        202-698-0111 5D Command Complex 
        202-727-9099 Command Information Center
        "Commitment to Excellence" 
         
        CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail is confidential, intended only for use by the named recipient(s) above. The content included in this email is the property of the Metropolitan Police Department and is law enforcement sensitive. This email should not be forwarded or disseminated to unauthorized users. It should only be used by the intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by replying to this e-mail at the address shown above. This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential information. Please delete it from your files if you are not the intended recipient.
         

         

        Join DDOT on Saturday, September 7th for a celebration on the new 11th Street Bridge commemorating DDOT's decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the bridge to traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information visit AnacostiaWaterfront.org.

          


        From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of leslie strothers [leslie_strothers@...]
        Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 9:26 AM
        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Vehicle break ins at Costco

         

        Thank you for this update. as someone who shops somewhat regularly at Costco, I have never had any problems with the staff. Why do you think that the "cart guys" are assisting/aiding the car thefts?
         
        Leslie on Girard

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