Vehicle burglaries continue in Longview
POSTED: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:25am
Motor vehicle burglars are continuing to target unlocked vehicles and those with
portable items left in them.
A comprehensive study of each motor vehicle burglary revealed that one in four
vehicles targeted were left unattended with the doors unlocked. 83% of the
vehicles burglarized had portable items stolen. The most common of the
portable items stolen were GPS units, cellular telephones, purses and music
players, such as Ipods.
The Longview Police Department is asking motorists to help reduce the
occurrence of motor vehicle burglaries by eliminating the opportunity for thieves.
Motorists are asked to make sure their doors are locked and valuables are
removed whenever they park their vehicles unattended. It only takes a thief
seconds to break a window to your car or truck and steal a purse from a seat or a GPS unit from the dashboard. Vehicles are NOT a secure location to store
anything of value.
An increase in motor vehicle burglaries is a trend seen nationwide, not just in
Longview. The Longview Police Department will continue to monitor crime
trends and to take action, but we are unable to effectively reduce crime without
the help of residents. Burglary of a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor offense and
numerous motor vehicle burglary suspects were arrested last year, but officers
continue to encounter the same suspects after they leave jail and continue their
We are asking the public to do their part: lock your doors, remove your valuables and be aware and report any suspicious activity.