Recent Rash of Thefts From Vehicles Recently, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has taken several reports of thefts of items from vehicles in residential neighborhoods. There are some simple steps you can take to greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim:
Lock your vehicle, even in your own driveway. In all of the recent incidents, thieves simply entered unlocked vehicles.
Do not leave valuables in your car or truck.
Park inside your garage whenever possible. If you must park outside, consider installing motion detector lights over your driveway.
Thieves will take the opportunity to enter your unlocked vehicle, or break into it, if they think there is something valuable to be taken. Property most often stolen from vehicles includes cell phones, brief cases, checkbooks, purses, wallets (having these items stolen from your vehicle often leads to identity theft), sunglasses, gym bags, radar detectors, CDís, stereo equipment, tools, and spare change from the ash tray or cup holders.
Report any suspicious activity you observe by immediately dialing 911. This may include hearing glass breaking (a popping sound with auto glass), seeing someone looking into cars or ducking around them, someone trying car doors (looking for an unlocked one), or any activity that just doesnít look or feel right in your neighborhood. SLMPD officers would much rather investigate these types of activities while they are occurring than take a theft from auto report after the fact.