Prevent break-ins, keep your vehicles safe

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

As we come to the end of the second quarter of the fiscal year, we’ve noticed an uptick in vehicle break-ins on some of our installations.

I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss what we’re seeing and how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of theft of, or from, your vehicle.

Military installations are typically safer environments than the communities that surround them, especially when situated near major metropolitan areas. Army installations in Hawaii are no exception.

While we’ve noticed a trend of vehicle break-ins over the past couple of months, data from the first three months of the fiscal year (October-December, 2015) shows that the number of vehicle break-ins on U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations is low, with 20 break-ins over a three-month period compared to 659 in the communities surrounding our installations. That’s just 2.9 percent of all incidents.

During this same time period, there were a total of 304 vehicle thefts, none of which occurred on Army installations.

While crime is certainly not rampant on our posts (contrary to some of the rumors circulating out there), there are certain things that you can do to help yourself from being victimized.

Most, if not all, of the vehicle break-ins that we have seen thus far since January on our installations occurred in unsecured vehicles with valuables left in plain sight. The trend shows that us that these break-ins are targets of opportunity.

There are certain steps that each of us can take to make the chance of being caught greater than the reward of breaking into a car.

  • Lock your car! Criminals tend to avoid causing noise as it draws attention. A locked vehicle, in and of itself, may deter the individual and make him seek an easier target.
  • Hide your valuables from plain sight or take them with you. Even if a criminal is intent on breaking into your car, the appeal is based on what can quickly be taken.

Don’t leave items in your car that can easily be taken and sold. In addition, don’t leave traces of items in your vehicle that would indicate that a valuable item may be left behind (e.g., a cable from your stereo that would connect an IPod or a suction cup that may hold a GPS).

  • Finally, take the time to record the serial numbers of valuables that you typically transport in your vehicle. While this may not prevent a theft, it will be helpful to law enforcement personnel and when you file an insurance claim.

We understand that there is a certain expectation of increased safety on military installations. While the data collected confirms that we are by far safer from property crimes than our neighboring communities, we will likely never be crime-free. By taking a few precautions though, we can lessen the appeal of engaging in certain crimes on our installations.

 

Police Blotter for Feb. 16-March 1

 

Army North

3- Driving under the influence

1- Fleeing the scene of an accident

22- Traffic violations

2- Traffic accidents

4- Failure to obey general order

1- Wrongful possession other drugs

1- Aggravated assault

6- Assaults

2- Burglaries

7- Unlawful entries

1- Assault with intent to commit burglary

8- Larceny of private property

1- Larceny of private funds

3- Wrongful damage to government property (negligence/willful)

3- Wrongful damage of private property

1- Shoplifting

 

Army South

2- Driving under the influence (without personal injury)

5- Traffic accidents

11- Traffic violations

5- Careless or reckless driving

1- Resisting apprehension by MPs

1- Drunk and disorderly

3- Assaults

2- Missing persons

2- Communicating a threat

1- Burglary

1- Unlawful entry

1- Larceny of government property

1- Larceny of private property

1- Wrongful damage to government property (negligence/willful)

1- Wrongful damage to private property

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