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Crime Prevention Tip: "Lock, Take, Hide"

Newark poilce remind residents to not leave cars unattended, even for a second.

From Newark Police Department

A thief's paradise: Where can you find a place where people leave their wallets, purses, cell phones, navigation systems, or cars unattended and ripe for theft?

The answer won’t surprise you; it happens every time they pull off the road to get gas or grab their favorite drink from a convenience store and leave their keys in the ignition or their doors unlocked.

Most of the time, gas station and convenience store customers leave their car doors unlocked.

This enables a thief to approaches the victim's car, open an unlocked door, and grab any valuables within reach. Then, the thief quickly flees! It’s a crime of opportunity that takes only a few seconds to commit.

These types of thefts can be easily prevented by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Pick gas stations and stores that are well-lighted and have video surveillance cameras.
  • Always remove your keys, close the windows, and lock the doors.
  • Keep valuables out of plain view in your vehicle and lock the doors even if you are going inside for just a moment.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Don’t let your cell phone distract you.

Learn how you can keep these crimes of opportunity from happening to you by forming a Neighborhood Watch!

To form a neighborhood watch group, please contact:

Tim Jones
Special Assistant
Community Engagement Division
Newark Police Dept.
(510) 578-4209
tim.jones@newark.org

Mona Taplin March 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
another ALERT Most of you have heard this before, but it pays to remind that these things CAN happen to you. Check your creditcard/debit bills as soon as they come in. Make sure there are no charges you didn't make. If there is a charge you didn't make on that statement, call the number on the back of your card or visit your bank immediately to right that wrong. If you call the business number listed beside the charge, you may get something like this: "That company has moved. I can direct you to a new number for a charge of $3.99." Don't bite! Don't agree to pay that charge! It's a scam! If you do bite and agree to pay, your credit card/debit card will be charged immediately. The next connection will keep you on the phone as long as possible. You will be asked for all sorts of personal information. Credit card number plus security number on the back. Your social security number, date of birth,bank account information. (Checking? Savings?) How many of those questions would you answer before you catch on to the fact your identity has been given away free of charge to the caller? Next they will offer to remove the charge from your credit card for a fee of $39.95. You never, ever should give this information to a stranger over the phone even if YOU are the person who initiated the call unless the call is to your BANK or the number on the back of your card or on the head of your statement.
Mona Taplin March 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Another clue: Your bank normally will ask only for the last four digits of your S.S. number,- not the whole number. This scam hit someone I know in the face yesterday. A family member urged the person to get to the bank immediately to notify them of what happened. Yes, while the person was on the phone other charges were made on his card. No one stole his identity. HE GAVE IT AWAY. You think it can't happen to you? Think again and make sure it doesn't.
Adell March 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
A plethora of information.
JuliannaSmith March 29, 2012 at 08:44 AM
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