CHAMPAIGN — A rash of vehicle burglaries recently has police reminding vehicle owners to take precautions.
A press release from Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said that in the past 10 days, the department has taken 34 reports of vehicle burglaries throughout the city. Items stolen have included wallets, backpacks and purses.
The department reminds folks to:
— Lock up vehicles and valuables, even if you plan to be gone for a brief time. Anything of value should either be removed or not left in view.
— Covering items in the back seat or placing them under the seats is not an effective way to hide valuables. Instead, lock them in the trunk. Without a clear view of valuables, burglars are more likely to pass on that vehicle. It's not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles and check doors to see if they are unlocked.
— Never leave windows open or cracked in unattended vehicles.
— Use your alarm or anti-theft device upon exiting your vehicle.
The public is also reminded to lock their garages when they leave home and lock vehicles once inside the garage. Do not store valuables in your vehicle any longer than necessary.
Burglary victims are reminded not to touch anything in the vehicle before calling police and to provide serial numbers of all stolen items to help police in recovering stolen property.