There have recently been a few occurrences of theft in the Village from garages and cars that were left unlocked. Below are some tips from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office on keeping your valuables safe.
Property Crime Prevention Tips
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department has had tremendous success in recovering property in cases where citizens have been able to furnish a sufficient description of their stolen articles, complete with serial numbers. Therefore, to ensure that your stolen property is retrieved and returned to its rightful owner, the Sheriff\'s Department offers these simple suggestions on property identification:
- Take the time to record the serial numbers of all your property and valuables. Some of the most repeatedly stolen items include: radios, televisions, stereos, microwave ovens, computers, guns, lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. Serial numbers are usually recorded on a sales invoice at the time of purchase, or can typically be found on the back of the property. This is good information to jot down and maintain on file in a safe place.
- Engrave a personal identification number on each unit or item. A driver\'s license number would be one of the most readily identified numbers to use. Be certain to include the name of your state before the number.
- Hide your valuables. Do not leave expensive jewelry or other such personal possessions in plain view. Place the items you wear only occasionally in an inconspicuous place. A safety deposit box should be considered for fine jewelry and large sums of money. When leaving your home for extended periods, it is wise to move large valuables where they cannot be seen from windows and put small appliances out of sight.
Although these suggestions cannot prevent thefts from occurring, they could dissuade a thief from stealing a particular item, and will certainly assist the law enforcement agency in identifying the stolen property as yours if/when it is found.
Of course the best way to prevent a theft is to make sure that your home or office is secure before you leave it. A theft can occur in any neighborhood, so do not assume you are exempt from becoming a victim of property crime. Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you leave your home, including sliding glass doors and garage doors.