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Vehicle Security Tips

Post Date:01/10/2018 4:57 PM

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) wants to offer its residents tips to help keep your vehicle secure, and how you can report vehicle burglaries. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity that occur during the overnight hours when your vehicle is unattended.

Vehicle Security Tips

  • Don’t leave anything of value in your vehicle. Most burglars are simply looking for something of value to take. When parked at home, take valuable items into the house.
  • Always lock the doors and close the windows of your vehicle. Many burglars simply check door handles, and move on if the door is locked.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a security system, use it. If your vehicle will regularly sit outside at home, consider getting an alarm system installed on your vehicle. The noise caused by the alarm will scare most burglars away, as you and your neighbors will be alerted.
  • Use your garage to park your vehicle in. Keep your garage door closed and locked. It’s not always practical, but a car in the garage is safer than a car on the street.
  • If you can’t use a garage, park your vehicle in your driveway or assigned parking space within your community. This is one more visible barrier to a burglar, as many simply walk down the street and check parked vehicles.
  • Ensure adequate lighting on the vehicle, driveway and surrounding areas. Sensor lighting that comes on at dusk and off at dawn works best. Motion lighting can be defeated by a burglar with little effort.
  • Consider installing a video camera that will clearly record someone attempting to break into your vehicle or home. 

Report Vehicle Burglaries

RCPD is asking residents to report any and all criminal activity:

  • To report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
  • To report a crime after the fact, please call our non-emergency number at (916) 362-5115, press 1.
  • To file a police report online, visit http://www.ranchocordovapd.com/reportcrime.php.
  • Please note: RCPD cannot take reports or dispatch officers via social media.

When you make a report, you help keep our community safe in these three ways:

  1. RCPD regularly reviews reports and calls for service to address crime issues in the City of Rancho Cordova. When we determine that a crime series has occurred, we will allocate resources to address it based on information from reports, such as time, days, geographic location, etc.
  2. RCPD can only arrest a suspect for the commission of a crime. If there is no report on file, we don’t know that criminal activity occurred and can’t arrest the subject for that incident. 
  3. RCPD can’t read social media posts to any private groups, including Nextdoor. We only receive that information if a member of the group sends it to us. Posting criminal activity to social media doesn’t get the information to RCPD and isn’t actionable by itself.

By working together, we can continue to make Rancho Cordova a safe place for all!

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