The following information and advice is provided by the District I Prince Georges County Police Department.
Auto Theft Prevention
- Don't leave valuables in your vehicle
- Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your
destination. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park,
beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units,
MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth.
- Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out
in the open
- Lock ALL of your vehicle's doors. Also, make sure car windows aren't left open.
- Park in busy, well lit areas. Make sure your neighborhood is well lit if
not notify Public Works/Pepco.
- Don't leave any sign that there might be
valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle. For example: the suction
cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your
- Alarms or anti-theft devices work
- Don't leave spare keys in your vehicle
- Copy your
license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them
with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to
take a report
- When walking into store (gas
station or retail store) lock doors and windows.
- Always report suspicious activity. Prince Georges County Non Emergency (301)352-1200 or for Emergency 911.
You can download a copy of Prince George's County's fact sheet on "Theft from Auto Prevention Tips" here.
all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed
lights on when you go out.
allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are
deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Don't tempt a thief
- Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and
bicycles are best stored out of sight.
- Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
Locks…get the best
- Change locks immediately if your keys are
lost or stolen. When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside
- Have adequate exterior lighting. A
motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.Trim trees and shrubs so
that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
- Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
- Most windows can be pinned for security.
- An alarm system is excellent for home
If Your Home Is Broken Into
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
- Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be
- Use a neighbor's phone/personal cell phone to
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the
police have inspected for evidence.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious
Other precautions you should take
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots,
mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to
look for hidden keys.
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable
possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and
original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from
home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a
photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your
insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood,
call 911 immediately.
your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Your
District I Community Oriented Police officer (COPS Officer) can assist you with
engraving you items. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and
easier for police to recover. To locate your COPS officer call District 1
Police Station at 301-699-2630.
a Neighborhood Watch Group. COPS
officers can assist neighborhoods with resources to build a neighborhood watch.