This week, a couple of residents at Carlyle Towers had their vehicles broken into. One vehicle was unlocked, another had a window broken. Residents reported that GPS systems were removed from the vehicles. The folks that did this are very brazen seeing as though the cars were in the Carlyle Towers parking garage.
So, we’d like to re-post a couple of items we have posted in the past on the blog since the current recession began.
From December 10, 2008, we posted on how Alexandria Police were warning residents about larcenies in vehicles and what YOU can do to help prevent it:
The Alexandria Police Department has noted a significant increase in the larcenies from vehicles where the suspect cut the convertible top or vinyl roof/window to gain entry. Since November 10, there have been 29 vehicles broken into in this manner throughout the City. The majority of the activity has occurred in the West End, though a few destruction of property cases have occurred in Old Town
The top targeted vehicles are Jeep Wranglers, Chrysler Sebrings, and Mazda Miata MX5s. In the majority of these cases, the vehicles are located in parking garages. The most common items stolen have been GPS units, iPods, cash, and clothes. In the majority of the cases, the suspect rummaged through the glovebox of the vehicle.
Alexandria Police advise motorists to be diligent in removing anything of value from their vehicle. Motorists are urged to continue taking the following precautions to deter thieves from stealing valuables from their vehicles:
- Do not leave any other valuables in your vehicle. (i.e., laptop computer, camera, satellite radio, cell phone, etc.)
- Do not leave anything on display that could tempt a thief. Remove all traces of portable GPS devices from the dashboard, including the cradle. Do not simply put the unit in the glove box or under the seat. Thieves will quickly find and steal them.
- Keep a supply of moist towelettes to clean the area of the windshield marked by the GPS device’s suction cup.
- Lock all doors and close windows when you leave your car, even if it is only for a short time. This includes filling up at the gas station.
- Look for a parking space in a well-lit, busy area.
- Purchase a cradle that mounts on the dash vents.
For further information, please contact the Alexandria Police Department’s Media Services Unit at 703.838.4636.
We also posted on December 6, 2008 about a burglary ring specifically targeting apartment buildings and condominiums and how you can protect yourself and other residents:
We have been informed that there is a professional burglary ringthat has been targeting communities located near main arteries (66,395,495,etc). They have committed burglaries in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. Police in all three jurisdictions are working to apprehend them.
According to the police, the group is very brazen; they walk onto properties like they belong there. They wave to residents and staff; even stoping to have conversations. They have committed burglaries in gated and access control communities as well.
The group generally knocks on doors and if there is an answer will ask for a fictitious person. If no answer, they will break in.
Residents in all Carlyle communities are advised to:
- Not to open door for strangers and verifiy the identity of visitors before opening your door or giving someone access to your building.
- Do NOT allow someone you do not now to follow you into your building. Politely explain that you do not know them and they will have to use their own key or contact the resident they are there to visit for access to your building.