Common sense helps deter theft from vehicles

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

All Soldiers know the first priority of work in a deployed environment is security.

Before eating, sleeping or conducting maintenance, ensuring the security of an area and equipment is the top priority to mitigate the threat of tactical action against one’s element.

The same concept rings true for life at home. Security is of the utmost importance to avoid victimization by those with lesser standards of respect for other people’s belongings.

Military Police respond to calls for service on post based on theft of personal property from within vehicles all over the installation. Sometimes the vehicle is secured, and there is nothing the owner could have done to mitigate the risk. However, more times than not, the vehicle from which items are stolen is left overnight, unsecured in the open air and with valuable items in plain view.

Criminals, like tactical threats, plan to exploit weaknesses in security and take advantage of softer targets. Unlocked vehicles with valuable items in plain view present a soft, easy target to a criminal.

Ensuring the windows are up, the doors are shut and locked, and valuables removed are the best ways to keep property where it belongs. Taking simple, common sense precautions deters many theft crimes.

Please report any suspicious activity to the MPs.

The following are excerpts of actual MP blotter entries from U. S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in the first degree (HRS 708.836.5)
Larceny of private property – less than $500 (Article 121, UCMJ)

•Jan. 18, a Soldier notified the MPs of an unlawful entry of a vehicle that occurred between sometime on the previous evening in a post housing area. An investigation revealed that a bank card, a state driver’s license and a military ID were taken from the vehicle while it was parked, unsecured and unattended outside a residence, with no signs of forced entry.

The Soldier’s estimated cost of loss is $30.

Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in the first degree (HRS 708.836.5)
Larceny of private property – less than $500 (Article 121, UCMJ)

•Feb. 10, a Soldier notified the MP station of an unlawful entry of a motor vehicle that occurred that morning in a post housing area. An investigation revealed a backpack was removed that contained uniforms, grooming items, a cell phone charger and an auxiliary cord from the vehicle while it was parked, unsecured and unattended, outside a residence.

There was no sign of forced entry. A search of the area for subjects, witnesses and further evidence met with negative results. The Soldier’s estimated cost of loss is $498.

Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in the first degree (HRS 708.836.5)
Larceny of private property — less than $500 (Article 121, UCMJ)

•March 29, at 7:01 a.m., three unlawful entries of a motor vehicle and larceny of private property occurred in a housing area on post. A smart phone was taken from one car, two portable DVD players from a second car, and a watch and valet key from a third car. All three vehicles were parked, unsecured, in the same neighborhood, and there were no signs of forced entry.

The total estimated cost of loss is $880.

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