WAKE FOREST — In recent days, vandals have struck several cars in Wake Forest. As a result, the police department is again urging area residents to lock unoccupied vehicles at all times, remove valuable items and any extra set of keys from the vehicle and double check to make sure the car is locked before going to bed at night.
Most of the break-ins in the area involve vehicles that are unlocked or show no sign of forced entry. In many instances, the owner left valuables, such as GPS devices, electronic equipment, iPods, handbags, cash, cell phones, computers and weapons visible to thieves.
Tips for preventing break-ins include:
•Call police if something is suspicious — when in doubt, make the call.
•Park in open, well-lighted, and populated areas. Avoid parking near trucks, vans, dumpsters and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places.
•Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.
•Park in lots or garages where keys do not need to be left.
•Turn off the engine, roll up all windows, lock all doors, and take the keys, even for a quick stop.
•Don't leave spare keys inside the vehicle. An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys in a wallet.
•Don't leave cell phones, wallets, purses or anything of value in vehicles.
•Don't leave vehicles in an unattended public lot for an extended period of time.
•Install an alarm system that will sound when someone attempts to break in, move, tilt or start the vehicle. Always activate the system when leaving the vehicle. Check the vehicle if the alarm sounds, but do not try to stop a person attempting to break in. Get a good description of the person and call the police.
To report suspicious behavior or activity, call 919-556-9111.