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home : safety : safety briefs April 15, 2014

1/2/2013 10:25:00 AM
Chanhassen issues crime prevention reminders

Five residential crimes recently reported in Chanhassen serve as a timely reminder on safe guarding residents' homes and vehicles. Two burglaries from unsecured garages and three thefts from unlocked vehicles parked in driveways occurred between Dec. 13 and 14, 2012.

The incidents occurred on Mission Hills Circle, Autumn Ridge Court, West Lake Court and Bridle Creek Trail.

Police offer these reminders:

• Remove valuables from vehicles, even when parked inside the garage. When purses and wallets are stolen, often times the credit cards are quickly used to purchase expensive items before the victims discover the loss.

• When retiring for the evening make a habit of checking that exterior doors are closed and locked.

• In your home, find unique places to secure valuables. In 2012, there were a notable number of Chanhassen victims who had jewelry stolen. Thieves typically make a beeline for the bedrooms, looking for jewelry and cash. Don't hide valuables in dressers, jewelry boxes or closets - it's often the first place a thief will look.

• Before leaving town or away just for the evening, make sure your home appears to be occupied.

• Use lights on timers, have deliveries picked up daily, arrange to keep the driveway shoveled (or at least make tracks in the snow) and let trusted neighbors know when you'll be out of town.

• When out and about, don't leave any items visible inside a vehicle. Thieves thrive on crowded parking lots during the holiday season, targeting vehicles with items left in plain view. If you have no other choice and must leave items in a vehicle, hide them from view prior to arriving at your destination. Shopping bags, backpacks or even a gym bag left will tempt a thief.

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