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Prevent Vehicle Burglaries by Following These Tips



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As winter winds down and spring gets a bit closer, it’s a good time to review tips to keep your belongings safe so all of your 2020 nature outings – whether they be hiking, biking, dog exercising or water activities – are fun and enjoyable.

Here are five vehicle safety tips from the Forest Preserve’s police department:

  1. Lock your doors. This is good advice whether your vehicle is parked in a preserve or in your own driveway. Never leave your keys in your car or an unlocked vehicle running.
  2. Do not leave valuables in view in your vehicle. Put them in the trunk prior to your arrival or – better yet – leave them at home. 
  3. Report suspicious activity as soon as you see it.
  4. Be a good witness. Get a description, location, direction of travel and license plate number when available. 
  5. Report incidents immediately.

Also, police encourage preserve users to program the nonemergency dispatch number into their cell phones. The number is: 815.727.6191. Forest Preserve District Police officers are dispatched to all Will County Forest Preserves by the Laraway Communications Center regardless of where the preserve is located in Will County. 

The District advises people to never confront someone who is in the act of committing a crime, but to call the dispatch number for nonemergencies or 911 for emergencies.

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