The Lower Southampton Township Police Department is reminding residents to lock their cars after a string of robberies in the area. The car burglaries were marked as “crimes of opportunity” due to the lack of locked doors on the vehicles.
According to reports, the robberies took place on Heather Road, 3rd Street, Windswept Drive, and Winding Lane.
The Department wants to remind residents of how to reduce the expensive consequences:
- “Lock your vehicle. The majority of all vehicles entered were left unlocked. This includes both day and night and in your own home driveway or street parking.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view. This includes your wallet/purse, cell phone, laptop, GPS, shopping bags, cash, credit cards, garage door opener, keys, tools, etc.
- Do not leave your firearm in your car.
- Park in well-lit areas. Two things burglars don’t like – lights and witnesses.
- Do not leave personal identifying papers in the car. This includes driver’s license, social security card, motor vehicle registration, car title, credit card and bank statements as these items can be used to commit identity theft. While vehicle registration papers must be presented when asked for by a law enforcement officer, you do not need to store the originals in your car. Instead, keep a copy in your wallet next to your driver’s license.
- Consider theft prevention devices such as an audible alarm.”
If Lower Southampton residents find their cars have been broken into police advise the following:
- “Call the Bucks County Communications Center, 215-357-1234.
- Do not touch anything or go inside the vehicle as the Lower Southampton Township Police along with surrounding Municipalities have been working on a DNA Data base in an attempt to identify the suspects involved in these crimes.
- If the suspect is still there, do not confront them. Instead, get as much information as possible such as their physical description, direction of travel, etc. and call the Police.”