06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 14:55
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, as part of Back to Basics DC, Mayor Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers were out in the community sharing safety tips for preventing vehicle thefts and break ins, including locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight.
'Today, we're sharing tips with residents about how they can keep their vehicles and belongings safe,' said Mayor Bowser. 'Being more mindful is particularly important during the summer months when we see an uptick in theft. Often times, these types of thefts are a crime of opportunity. We're asking residents to take away those opportunities by never - not even for a few minutes - leaving belongings visible and unattended in their cars. Remember: out of sight, out of mind. Together, we can create a safer, stronger DC.'
While walking around Ward 4, Mayor Bowser and 4D MPD officers issued 'friendly citations' - $0 tickets that remind residents to lock vehicle doors and keep valuables out of sight.
During the walk, the Mayor and officers also spoke to residents and shared the following safety tips:
Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
Secure GPS Devices
Use Your Trunk
Lock It Up
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