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Theft from Vehicles Safety Tips

Theft from vehicle is a persistent problem in Westfield and throughout the country.  During these thefts, the perpetrator(s) typically target unlocked vehicles where valuables are visible from the outside and/or easily located inside the vehicle.  These individuals often enter unlocked vehicles that contain valuables in plain view but they will also break windows to gain entry (“smash and grab”). 

These incidents typically occur during the overnight hours and are not reported until the next morning when the owner recognizes property missing or out of place. The items most commonly taken from vehicles are:

  • Electronics such as Cell phones, Tablets, and Global Positioning Systems (Garmin, Magellan, Tom-tom)
  • Radar Detectors
  • Cash (coins)
  • Prescription Medications
  • Firearms

In an effort to combat this problem, we encourage residents to employ some basic preventative measures:

  • Park your vehicles in a locked garage, if possible.
  • If you can’t park in a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Always lock your vehicle, whether it is parked in a garage or in your driveway.
  • Leave your home's exterior lights on.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running.
  • Keep personal valuables, such as handbags, wallets, laptops, cell phones, etc., out of plain view.
  • Take all valuables with you or store any valuables in the trunk, if possible, but at least out of public view.
  • Do not leave any prescription medicine or firearms in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave purchases in your car where they can be seen. Always conceal these items.
  • When parking, check that all doors and your trunk are locked and that you have your keys with you.
  • If possible, get an alarm installed. Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing items out of your vehicle, but from stealing your vehicle as well.
  • Be prepared for the worst. Sometimes, even with all the preparation, a theft can still happen.  It is a good idea to have an inventory of all your important items; list all serial numbers, take pictures for insurance purposes, and have copies of your cards and IDs.  It never hurts to be prepared.
  • Report any incident where you believe someone has entered your vehicle without permission (i.e. glove box left open or items strewn about vehicle).
  • Report any suspicious activity that you see in parking lots or your neighborhood. Call 911 for emergencies or time-sensitive issues or call dispatch at 317-773-1300 for non-emergencies.

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Joel Rush
Joel D. Rush,
Chief of Police
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