LOWELL, MA (August 18, 2011) – Statistics indicate that property crime, specifically thefts from motor vehicles; in the city have increased. Whatever the cause for this increase, the Lowell Police Department is utilizing every available resource to ensure the safety of the citizens and the protection of their property. Police are increasing uniformed and plainclothes 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 of Lowell. Residents need to constantly be aware of their surroundings and to immediately report any activity that appears suspicious. “The most basic step a person can take to reduce these crimes and to protect themselve’s from theft is to lock their vehicles, and to ensure that valuables are not left in view. Not doing so greatly increases one’s opportunity to become a victim,” said Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan Jr.
The police department has created two placards (copies attached), which are being distributed in areas where property crimes occur. The purpose of these placards is two-fold. First, we want to provide citizens with some basic instructions related to securing their property and second, to supply citizens with all means available to contact the police. Similar efforts are being done by police departments across the nation and the results have been quite successful.