Be Alert: Theft From Autos Still a Huge Problem

Location of cars broken into on Saturday afternoon

Theft from autos is still a very real problem in the neighborhood. Due to this, I wanted to remind residents to be vigilant about not leaving things in their cars and — just as importantly — alerting out to town visitors to do the same.

Late Saturday afternoon, August 25th, in broad daylight three cars with out of District plates were broken into and contents removed within an hour of each other. They  were on the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road, the 3670 block of Park Place, and the 3620 block of Warder Street. In two of those instances, back packs had been locked in the car and were visible. The above map shows the approximate location of these incidents — and others may have occurred as well.

According to the DC Crime Map, during the period between July 20-August 19, 2012, there were 19 thefts from automobiles within 1,500 feet of 600 Morton Street compared to 9 during the same period in 2011. This is an increase of 111%.

There are things residents can do to minimize the risk of becoming a statistic. Below is a list from MPD that I posted at the beginning of this year, but the most important thing one can do is to not leave valuables unattended and visible in your car.


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One Comment on “Be Alert: Theft From Autos Still a Huge Problem”

  1. […] last year, it is also important to note that many of these crimes go unreported. For example, the three instances that happened on Saturday, August 25th, do not appear on the DC Crime map […]

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