Winter Safety Tips From St. Louis Park Policeupdated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013
With winter upon us, the St. Louis Park Police Department reminds you to take the following precautions:
Never leave your vehicle running unattended. A running vehicle is an invitation for criminals, even if locked. A criminal can steal it in a matter of seconds.
Theft from Automobiles
You can reduce your chances of being a theft from vehicle victim by following a few tips. Don’t leave laptops, GPS devices, cell phones, purses or other valuables in view. Lock items in your glove box, center console or trunk for safekeeping. This is especially important during the holidays as criminals often target shopping areas looking for crimes of opportunity.
If your arms are full of shopping bags, make sure you’ve parked in well-lit areas. Walk in well-traveled areas or with other people.
Are you heading to a warmer climate this winter? If so, make sure your home is protected while away. Let neighbors know where you’ll be and leave contact information with someone who can get a hold of you in an emergency. Make sure you’ve arranged for snow removal if you have a sidewalk and consider having someone shovel your driveway for you. Criminals look for temporarily vacated properties to burglarize.