Greenville Police Issue Car Break-In Prevention Tips

After four cars were broken into in the same area of town last week, Greenville police have released these suggestions on how to avoid becoming victimized by car break-ins.

• Always roll up your windows and lock your car, even if it is in front of your home.
• Never leave valuables item or even loose change in plain view, even if your car is locked. This is the number one reason cars are broken into. Put your valuable items in the trunk out of sight. This includes empty book-bags, purses, or luggage that may appear to contain valuables.
• Park your car in a busy, well-lighted area whenever possible.
• Consider subscribing to a GPS tracking system, in case your car does get stolen, it can be tracked and recovered quickly by law enforcement.
• Consider using a steering column lock or an anti-theft alarm system when leaving your car parked.
• Be a good neighbor. Report suspicious people in your neighborhood or business parking lot to the police. Use the buddy system and watch your neighbor’s home.
• Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.
• Use outside lights around your home at night. Motion sensors work great.

Four cars were discovered to have been broken into on Friday morning of South Evans St. in Greenville, near Winterville. If you have any information on those crimes, you can report it to Crime Stoppers by calling (252) 758-7777.


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  • by Enough on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
    Most of us know these tips. But there are idiots out there that don't. These are intended to inform them. They actually work everywhere so stop being so negative about Greenville police and the DR and lets move on. if you keep reading you will find something worthwhile to complain about.
  • by Unbelievable on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    I cannot believe they did not include modifying your car to a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic automobile like KITT from the show Knight Rider.
  • by Dave on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    Thanks for posting the COMMON SENSE tips GPD. Well, this is Greenville though...
  • by Gamer on Mar 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    I protect my car with a little thing called a Trunk Monkey. This product saved me a lot of trouble and it just requires a couple of bananas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee3L9BQQ4Gs
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    I protect my car by parking it in my garage and closing the door. I am surprised this did not make the list of Prevention Tips by the GPD.
  • by mortician Location: funeral home on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    Use a kinetic bullet puller pull bullet put a lot of gunpowder in shell replace bullet.when the thug who stole your gun shoots it he will turn up in the morgue. end of problem. buy new gun.it's good for business.
  • by Roy on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    I bet it took 2 degrees to come up with these tips.the best way to protect yourself in Gvegas is stay home with a loaded gun.
  • by How about doing your job on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    and catching some criminals.. Seriously???
  • by Mad Max Location: Snow Hill on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    I keep my car safe by renting out the back seat to a family of Samuri. I also frequently park it under water.
  • by Al on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    The only rule you need to go by if you live in Greenville is: If you don't want it stolen or if you don't want to die for it then simply just don't own it. This includes your home.
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