Preventing Car Break-ins
There is a wave of car break-ins in Hougang Central. The police believe that there are at least 6 cars targeted within Block 830A. Out of the six, there was only one reported car break-in on January 5, 2014 at around 4pm. The owners of the car were shocked when they witnessed broken windows. As if it was not enough, owners noticed that their CashCard was missing.
Thieves now are very brave and confident to do their thing in broad daylight. The increasing cases of car break-ins are being investigated by the police. The police are assuring car owners to keep calm but no matter the assurance, there are still those that are nervous to leave their car in the open.
Car break-ins are alarming but you should know that you can prevent it from happening. You can read the following prevention tips as a start:
1. Leave valuable items at home. Sometimes you leave your valuables in the car but that is not safe. Your valuables draw the attention of the thieves. Any flashy object they see will serve as an invitation. You may be confident because your car is equipped with alarm system but sometimes the police come later. The safest thing to do is leave all your valuable items at home.
2. Use your trunk. If there are valuable items you need to put in the car, do not simply put it in your seats. Use the trunks and conceal things. The trunk is there for a reason. You should use it and never invite criminals because of your visible things.
3. Take valuables with you. If you cannot help but bring your valuables, you have to make sure that you take it with you wherever you go. Do not leave it in the car. If it is heavy and you do not trust the trunk, you have to endure it and bring it wherever you go.
If you witness car break-in, it is important that you know what to do so you have greater chances of apprehending the criminal. The first thing that you need to do is call the police and report the incident. The police will take it very seriously. When you report, you have to remember to state the important information such as the location of the break-in, the description of the suspect, the direction of the fleeing thief and the description of the victim’s car.
You have to wait for the police to come before you make any action or move. The suspect may be armed and dangerous. You will be harmed when you attempt to tackle him/her.