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Daily Watch Notes 06142017 & Tourist Crime Prevention Tips

Good Day to All,

Below are the latest for the property crimes in our command as they were reported. Also, since we are in the season of traveling, there are a few tips for you when you go out of town and are touring other places. This did come from another agency, but they are much larger and have a lot of tourism there. Enjoy!

RECENT PROPERTY CRIMES

9 Auto Thefts – 3600 blk of Bryn Mawr, 2300 blk of Menaul, 5300 blk of Montgomery, 3100 blk of Adams, 9500 blk of Montgomery, 3800 blk of Bogan, 2400 blk of Wellesley, 6400 blk of Pine Park, 8000 blk of Montgomery

8 Auto Burglaries – 3600 blk of Moon, 5000 blk of Montgomery, 2400 blk of Carlisle, 4700 blk of Montgomery x2, 5200 blk of San Antonio, 4000 blk of Carlisle, 2200 blk of Wyoming.

Points of Entry – punched door locks, broken windows, unlocked doors

Items Taken – insurance cards, stereos, sports equipment, sunglasses, medical equipment, jewelry, clothing, coins, car jacks

1 Residential Burglary – 7200 blk of Prospect

Point of Entry and Items Taken are unknown at this time.

Should you have questions or need further, please let us know. Thank you!

Tourist Crime Prevention Tips

Courtesy of: The Los Angeles Police Department – http://www.lapdonline.org/get_informed/content_basic_view/7732

Following these tourist crime prevention tips can help protect tourists against the occasional pitfalls that can occur, even to the most experienced traveler. Consider the following:

Cash: Do not carry large amounts of cash. If you must carry cash, never display large amounts. When possible, carry cash substitutes such as traveler’s checks or credit cards. Keep a written record of your traveler’s checks and credit card numbers, and keep them in a safe place.

Luggage: Remove old flight tags from your luggage. Old flight tags can cause confusion and misdirect your luggage. Band your luggage as a safeguard against pilferage while in transit. Locked luggage can be easily opened by luggage handlers or professional thieves. Placing a band, strap or tie around luggage, or a seal on the zipper, is an effective deterrent against theft. Be sure to provide adequate identification on the outside and inside of your luggage. In the event your luggage is misdirected, proper identification will ensure prompt recovery and forwarding.

Never leave your luggage unattended, not even for a brief moment, and beware of distractions. While waiting for a room reservation or departing to another destination, keep all of your property in plain view. Designated hotel personnel are usually available to assist you with your luggage. Use the luggage check in service, normally located at the front desk. Never store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage.

Hotel Tips: Never leave valuables in your hotel room. Hotel management encourages guests to use their safe-deposit box services.

When you get to your room, determine the most direct routes to the elevator, stairs and fire escapes. Most room doors are equipped with interior locking devices that can be used while you are in the room. Use of interior locking devices affords you extra security. If additional security is desired, purchase a portable travel lock.

Never automatically open your door. If your door has a peephole, use it. Prior to opening your door, always know the identity of the caller. Hotel employees should have identification. If someone claims to be a maintenance or repair employee, ask to see identification. Telephone the front desk for verification if you have any questions or doubts. Never invite strangers to your room, no matter how helpful or charming they appear.

When leaving your room, lock the door, even if you are briefly darting down the hall for a towel or ice. If you leave your room in the evening, turn on a light and leave a radio or television on to make it seem that the room is occupied. Always pull the door shut by hand and double check it. When you retire for the evening, make sure your key is not outside in the door lock.

Sightseeing Crime Prevention: Make note of your passport number. If it becomes lost or stolen, knowing your passport number will facilitate getting a new passport. Prior to your day of sightseeing, obtain directions at the hotel for those attractions you intend to visit. Never discuss your sightseeing schedule in the presence of strangers. When possible, travel with another person or group while sightseeing or shopping. During the evening, always travel on well-lighted streets.

If you must carry large amounts of cash, there are several varieties of money belts and ankle wallets that can be purchased. Never carry your wallet in your rear pants pocket. Women should carry their billfolds or coin purses in coat pockets. If you must carry a purse, firmly grasp the top portion of the purse while shopping, waiting for, or riding a bus.

Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious people or vehicles. When driving, keep your vehicle doors locked at all times and windows rolled up. Keep your vehicle and house keys on separate key rings. Never pick up hitchhikers.

Pickpockets: Pickpockets usually work in teams of two or three people. They take their time, stalk their victims, and strike when the victims are most vulnerable. Always be aware of staged distractions. Pickpockets may drop something in front of you, or cause a loud commotion near you, as a distraction. Once you are distracted, the other pickpocket steals your valuables and walks away.

If you are jostled, bumped, or crowded by anyone, consider that a pickpocket may be in action. If your pocket is picked, call out immediately for assistance and warn others.

Vehicle Tips: Never leave your vehicle with the engine running or keys in the ignition. Always lock your vehicle, close the windows, and take the keys with you. Avoid leaving an extra set of keys in a secret hiding place. Never leave your wallet, credit cards, registration or driver’s license in your vehicle. Remember that any expensive items left in plain view invite theft.

Your vehicle trunk is not completely secure, but it is the safest place to store your valuables while traveling. Lock luggage, packages or other valuables, including citizen band radios and tape decks, in the vehicle trunk. Avoid transferring items to the trunk of the vehicle at the location where it is parked. Someone may be watching you.

Park in well-lighted areas and use valet parking whenever possible. Always take your parking lot ticket with you. Leaving it in the vehicle allows thieves to exit the parking lot without being challenged. Thieves know if they attempt to exit a lot without a ticket, the parking lot attendants will demand proof of vehicle ownership. Always check your vehicle before entering to ensure no one is hiding inside.

Record the make, model, year, color and license number of your vehicle. Keep this information in a safe place. This will assist in locating your vehicle if it is lost, stolen, or impounded. Never advertise that you are a tourist. Ensure any vehicle you rent is nondescript. The exterior of the vehicle should be free of rental agency decals, stickers or other company logos. These visual cues can alert criminals to your visitor/tourist status. Place all maps and travel brochures in the glove compartment.