Last week’s poll asked about what you refer to your animals as (‘pet’, ‘companion’, etc) being that a recent study showed how calling your animal a “pet” and referring to yourself as an “owner” led to worse treatment for the animals. The overwhelming majority of respondents noted that they still called them “pets”.
This week’s poll comes to you thanks to a recent notification/reminder from the Apple Valley Police Department about securing your car in the evenings to avoid thefts/damage:
Overnight April 28 and 29, 2011 Apple Valley residents reported 11 incidents of thefts from vehicles and two reports of vehicles stolen. These occurrances happened in two different areas of the city, 13100 blocks of Hannover Avenue and Hallmark Court and 100 blocks of Belmont Road, Chaparral Drive and Hidden Meadow Road.
In two cases the vehicles were locked, parked outside in the resident’s driveways and windows were smashed to gain access. Most other reports indicated that the victim’s vehicles were unlocked. Residents report that their vehicles were gone through and items were thrown about inside the vehicle or on the driveway/lawn of their own or adjacent property. In three cases a purse/wallet was taken but found nearby minus cash and credit cards. It appears that the suspects were only interested in certain items and discarded other random property. Other items taken include laptop computer, gym bag, Ipod, and a garage door opener. In one case a resident’s vehicle was left unsecured in the driveway of the residence and the garage door opener in the vehicle was used to gain access to the garage and subsequently into the house. If you have to park vehicles outside of a garage, please remember your garage door opener. If if is removable, take it in at night. If it is a programmable garage door opener, be sure to make the door from your garage into your home as secure as possible. Lock it and consider installing a deadbolt lock for added security if you don’t already have one.
While I keep my car in the garage in the evenings, I know that plenty of people can’t or don’t. Do you ensure that your doors are locked and windows in their full and upright position? Do you keep valuables out of sight including garage door openers? Have you ever been the victim of theft/vandalism while keeping your car outside? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on below and then vote on the sidebar as well.