RENO, NV - The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents to an alarming increase in vehicle burglaries reported in the Spanish Springs area during the last month.
Nineteen cases were reported in the last four weeks, compared to only 21 in the previous 12 months combined.
The Sheriff’s Office has increased patrols in the area and is actively pursuing all leads and evidence related to these burglaries. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents that there are a number of precautions they can take to help prevent them from becoming a victim.
“During all the excitement of the holiday season, it is important that you remember to always check to see if all doors to your vehicles and houses are locked,” Washoe County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Avina said. “Keep all valuables out of sight. If you can see your valuables, so can a potential burglar.”
Deputy Avina urges resident to consider the following recommendations to help protect their vehicles from would-be thieves.
Lock the door when leaving the car. Still one of the most common issues with vehicle burglaries.
Don’t leave valuables in the car. If valuables must be left in a vehicle, be sure to lock them in the trunk or glove compartment not under jackets or blankets behind the seat as that is one of the first places criminals look.
Leave no trace. Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables hidden in a vehicle by leaving items such as docking stations or connector cables visible. Leave nothing in plain sight that might make the vehicle a target for thieves, not even loose coins or a CD.
Be sure to set the car alarm or anti-theft devices. These are still effective deterrents against criminals who are looking for the easiest target.
Keep windows completely closed. Partially open windows may make your vehicle an easier target for thieves
Deputy Avina urges residents to keep an eye on their vehicles, outdoor sheds, garages, and residences for any signs of unlawful entry or missing valuables. Burglary victims can call 785-WCSO (9276) or file their report online at www.washoesheriff.com.
Residents may also help increase security in their community by signing up for the free online neighborhood safety service, AlertID, participating in a Neighborhood Watch program or signing up for the Sheriff’s Office monthly online community e-newsletter.
For additional information about personal safety and safe communities, visit Washoesheriff.com and click the “Staying Safe” link, or follow the Sheriff’s Office on Twitter: @WashoeSheriff.