There is now a low-tech, fast, easy, and cheap ($11 at Amazon) way to break into cars. Leaves no marks. Afterwards it will look like you failed to lock your car.
Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime that costs victims time and money. According to the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting Program, there was an estimated 773,139 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2017. Motor vehicle thefts in Arlington rose 15% last year (ACPD 2018 report).
By educating yourself on the common methods of theft and taking some simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of having your vehicle become a target.
Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.
- Do not hesitate to call if you see something suspicious or are fearful. Your calls help ACPD fight crime. Do not assume someone else will call. Think about what could happen if you fail to call.
Over the summer, there have been several car break-ins in Lyon Village. It is a crime of opportunity. The thieves are typically out late at night looking for cars with unlocked doors and visible valuables. When you exit your car, be sure to always lock it and don’t leave any valuables inside. Try to leave your car parked in a lighted area and be attentive to any suspicious activity.
If you see or hear something, call the police immediately, either on the non-emergency number 703-558-2222 or 911 for emergencies.
ACPD offers the following tips…Click to Continue Reading…
There were 9 reported break-ins of unlocked vehicles on Friday night on Key, Highland, Johnson, and 17th. Many more have been reported in the past few months within Lyon Village.
Be sure to keep parked vehicles locked and not leave valuables in them.
Police request that you contact Officer Black #1662 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you…
- Have any security camera video from Friday night/Saturday morning that shows attempted or actual break-ins or of a dark sedan dropping off possible perpetrators.
- If you find any belongings dumped in your yard.
The Case Number is 2019-07200138
Recently, Lyon Park residents received emails from someone impersonating the president of their citizens association requesting that they purchase and send gift cards. Everyone should take extreme care if they receive such emails.
Do not respond to such emails quickly (or at all) and check them out.
- Consider if the request makes sense.
- Consider if you are someone who would be contacted for this purpose.
- Check that the sender address matches the ostensible sender.
- Confirm with the ostensible sender by other means (like by telephone).
There is a useful guide about this at NextDoor…