Car Break-Ins Increase in Trailhead Parking Areas

Vehicle break-ins have increased in trailhead parking areas. Theives know you're going to park your vehicle and go out for a walk, run or bike ride and won't be back for an hour or so. They also know that you don't want to take bulky stuff with you, like a purse or laptop, and might leave that in your car. Not everyone can walk or bike to the trail, so if you drive and park, you can take steps to protect your property and make your car less attractive to thieves.

-Keep it tidy. Almost any worthless personal item that’s visible from the outside—even an empty shopping bag—could be seen as valuable. So keep personal items out of sight.

-Conceal all valuables. Don’t leave any bait out for thieves, stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight. Any evidence may be enough to pique the interest of thieves. So hide that power plug, iPod adapter, and even put the cigarette lighter back in its place.

-Only bring what you need. If at all possible, leave your larger items at home or office, and take only what you can carry along with you—your car keys, your ID, your cell phone, perhaps a small wallet you can fit in your pocket, fanny pack or bike bag.

-Stash before—not after—you park. If you must leave your valuables in your car (Really? Must you?), then lock them out of sight in the trunk BEFORE you get to the trailhead.  If you wait until you get there to “hide” your stuff, a thief might already be in the area watching you.  Leave your car clean and empty.  Even an empty duffle bag or shopping bag in the passenger compartment can make a thief think there’s something good in there, and he might break your car window to find out.

-Report suspicious persons or activity. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspicious persons or activity—someone sitting in a parked car, someone snooping around looking into parked cars.

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