Property crimes in Logan are often committed through opportunity. Criminals often seek out opportunities such as vehicles being left unlocked with valuable inside, or locked vehicles with valuable items left in plain sight. This allows the offender to quickly enter the vehicle or break a window and take the items left inside.
If you become a victim of a property crime such as theft or burglary, please try not to disturb the crime scene so that investigators have the ability to process the scene for evidence left behind by the offender.
Auto Burglary and Theft
IF you are the victim of auto burglary, auto theft, burglary, or theft, report the incident to the police immediately. Follow the appropriate checklists below:
- CALL the police immediately and stay on the line until advised to hang up
- Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What happened?
- When did it happen?
- Where did it happen?
- What direction did the suspects leave?
- How did the suspects leave? (Car, on foot...)
- What did the car look like?
- How many suspects were there?
- What did they look like? (gender, race, height, weight, age, hair, scars/marks/tattoos, clothing description)
- How do you know this?
- DON'T enter the area or scene of the theft unless directed to do so
- DO protect the scene from damage being done to evidence by co-workers and employees by leaving the scene completely undisturbed
- AVOID using the thief's entry and exit points into the scene
- WAIT to speak with a police officer. You might have to answer similar questions again. Be prepared to answer the additional questions
- What are you missing?
- What does it look like?
- Are there special markings on the property?
- What is the make, model, and serial number?
- What is the value?
- DO keep a listing of pre-recorded valuable items with their description and serial numbers
- Remember, the high cost of much of the merchandise that many of us pay for is the direct result of businesses recovering the cost of lost property/loss.
Auto Burglary Prevention
- PARK in a sensible place, avoiding unlit areas at night
- REMOVE the ignition key and activate the steering lock
- LOCK your doors and close all windows
- LOCK valuables in the trunk
- TAKE extra keys out of your vehicle
- CARRY your driver's license and registration with you
- DISCOURAGE THE THIEF When purchasing a car, pay attention to security features
- CONSIDER installing an alarm system
- CONSIDER security when purchasing car audio equipment
- MARK items for identification purposes
- REPORT suspicious or abandoned cars and suspicious persons
- TAKE time to record the following detailed information of your car:
- Year and make, model, colors
- License number
- Vehicle identification number
- Tires, size, brand, and serial number
- Special equipment - CB radios, cassette/CD player, etc., including description, make, and serial number
- Dents, scratches, or other accidental damage that makes your car different from any other car of the same make and model.