LOWELL, MA (May 31, 2012) – A friendly reminder from the Lowell Police Department to have residents secure and remove any valuables from your vehicles. During the time period of January 1st until May 13th of 2012 there have been 258 breaks into motor vehicles. Of the 258 car breaks, 132 occurred in cars that were left unlocked. These numbers reflect that 51% of the car breaks in the City ofLowell could have potentially been avoided. The Lowell Police Department is utilizing every available resource to ensure the safety of the citizens and the protection of their property but we need your help. We are increasing uniformed patrols in areas where property crime has increased. These efforts have proven effective, but the best method of preventing crime is to work closely with the citizens ofLowell. Residents need to constantly be aware of their surroundings and to immediately report any activity that appears suspicious. They also need to lock their vehicles and secure any valuables inside from plain view. These small actions will go a long way in our attempts to protect your property. Criminals will usually only use force if there is something of value in plain view. The culprits will only take the risk of detection by smashing a window if the risk of detection is outweighed by the value of the property in plain view such as iPads, laptops, GPS units, etc. It is much easier for a suspect to wander the neighborhood undetected looking for unlocked vehicles that they can enter and rummage through looking for valuables.
The Lowell Police Department can be reached by calling the non-emergency line at (978) 937-3200. If you have any information on these particular crimes or other crimes you can report them to our Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (978) 459-TIPS (8477) and you could be eligible for a cash reward. All callers remain anonymous. You can also Text-a-tip 847411 (tip must begin with ”LPD tip”). We encourage our residents to follow us on our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowell-Police-Department-Official/329534741682 and LPD Twitter account @lowellpd for updates.