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To date this year in Eden Prairie, there have been 124 break-ins or attempted break-ins of vehicles. People who steal valuables from cars are typically more active in the summer months and this summer is no exception.
Thieves target locations that are frequented in the summer such as parking lots at parks and beaches (although they also like daycare center and health club parking lots). In particular, they look for items that are easy to grab such as purses and laptop computers in front seats or wallets and keys in center consoles.
In many cases, thieves use stolen credit cards immediately – before victims are even aware they’re missing. As a result, many victims spend a great deal of time working with credit card companies and merchants attempting to prove that the charges were fraudulent.
While we are often able to catch the bad guys, there are always more of them out there.
Here are a few reminders to decrease your chances of becoming a victim:
- Do not leave your car unlocked.
- Close all windows, sunroofs and convertible tops.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view. If you have valuables you need to store in your car, place them in the trunk BEFORE you reach your destination. Thieves have been known look for people placing valuables in trunks who then walk away from their cars.
- Call 911 to report any suspicious activity. We rely on the public to serve as additional sets of eyes and ears. Many criminals have been caught due to the quick thinking of residents who have called 911 to report something suspicious.