KPD: Lock it or lose when out shopping

Don’t be a thief attractant when out shopping.

Photo by Aaron Ricca.

Don’t be a thief attractant when out shopping.

KINGMAN - The Kingman Police Department is urging local shoppers to avoid attracting thieves this holiday season.

Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper offered a few common sense tips to avoid seeing your valuables wind up in the hands of criminals. Keep your vehicle locked at all times and don’t keep valuables in your car. If you have to keep valuables in your vehicle, keep them out of sight. Most thieves are opportunistic and avoid hard work. Make it as difficult as possible for a thief to steal your stuff.

Cooper said via email that 90 percent of Kingman vehicle burglaries involve cars that are left unlocked. Stolen items are mostly things that can be easily sold for cash or traded for drugs. Most vehicle burglaries occur at night in residential neighborhoods when the owners are home and asleep. Shopping center parking lots are usually not a popular target due to high visibility, but even they are targeted this time of year, said Cooper.

“During the holidays desperation and opportunity can change that,” he said.

Many times people are not comfortable confronting someone, but they can always be a good witness and call police. Pay attention to people sitting inside cars in the parking lot.

“If you see something, say something,” Cooper said.

People should try to park in well-lit sections of a parking lot at night. Do not leave windows down. At home, parking cars off the street is ideal. If that’s not possible, always lock the vehicle and remove valuables. Creating a well-lit environment is always a good deterrent.

“Most of this is common sense, but we feel it is important to remind people to not become complacent,” Cooper said. “We do not want people to be paranoid, but informed and prepared.”

Report suspicious or criminal behavior to KPD at 928-753-2191.