| Sheriff Jay Koon |

All of us have a nightly routine, but are you missing one key task from yours?

While there’s no surefire way to prevent car break-ins, there are some easy ways to reduce the chances of this happening to you.

Simply: remove your valuables and lock your vehicle doors.

Thieves look for easy opportunities. Make them “work” for their loot, and they’re apt to move on to an easier target. With car break-ins, they’re usually looking for a small payoff. By making your car a harder target for these criminals, you make it a less desirable option.

You can take steps to help stop thieves. The first step is locking your car doors. Remove your valuables; including guns, purses and electronics. Take the set of spare keys out of your vehicle, then roll up the windows and lock your doors. Your console or glove box is not a mobile gun safe.

In our research, we found that approximately 85% of all car break-ins reported in our county are vehicles left unlocked and unattended.

If you’re prone to forgetting to lock your vehicle, set reminders for yourself to check it before bed. A phone alarm or a sticky note you’ll see before going to sleep can be helpful. Make it an aspect of your nightly routine and you’ll never have to wonder if you left your vehicle unlocked.

Help us crack down on vehicle break-ins by doing your part: please, lock your doors.