PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH
What Are You Doing to Stop Vehicle Burglaries?
The El Paso Police Department would like for everyone to ask themselves, what am I doing to stop vehicle burglaries?
The El Paso Police Department’s Pebble Hills Regional Command Center in coordination with their Citizen’s Advisory Board have been going out to different areas of Pebble Hills leaving information to remind residents to secure their valuables and lock their cars. Currently triple digit temperatures have some residents forgetting the basics. As of July 15th the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center has seen 400 burglary of vehicle cases involving no force. What this means is that people are leaving their vehicle windows open and doors unsecured. So far this year their have been 675 burglary of vehicles in the Pebble Hills Region. Even though this number significantly lower than at this same time in 2007 when we had 826, the number of no force at that time was 289 cases. In addition last year Pebble Hills saw 593 burglary of vehicle cases during this same time of which 213 involved no force.
In addition to locking your vehicle it is important to remember to put away items of value. Many victims of burglary of vehicles leave their computers, work bags, purses, wallets, cell phones, ipods, etc., making their vehicles a more attractive target. Even if your vehicle is locked make sure you don’t leave anything that may attract someone to your vehicle. Burglars don’t think twice about breaking your car window for cds or anything else of value that they can easily sell.
So remember when you are getting out of your car ask your self, what am I doing to stop vehicle burglaries?