NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Police Department released data on Wednesday, courtesy of CrimeView Community, showing 378 reports of larcenies from vehicles during the month of June.
Along with the newly released numbers, police are reminding residents of ways to prevent larcenies:
- Hide your valuables.
- Lock the doors and roll up the windows — even if you plan to be away for a short time.
- Remove GPS and GPS mounts.
- Hide all electronic cords.
Police say the best way to prevent something from being stolen is to not leave anything in your car.
“If it’s in sight, it might take flight,” said Ofc. Daniel Hudson. “People are leaving their valuables in plain sight in their automobiles and it’s an easy target.”
According to Norfolk Police, they have received 1,625 reports of vehicle larcenies for the first half of the year. May actually saw more than June, with 424 reports, according to Hudson.
“We want the community to know that we’re out there patrolling the neighborhood, but we need your help to lock your car,” Hudson said.
“We should take action,” said William Ball, whose car was broken into last week in the Norview area. Thieves took his keys and wallet.
“Everything in the car was just thrown around,” he said.
In June, 10 On Your Side reported that cars through military housing were ransacked over Memorial Day weekend.
Contact Crime Prevention Officers at 757-664-6901 for more information about larceny safety.