The YPD is investigating 12 motor vehicle break-ins that occured overnight in the neighborhood near the Yarmouth Port playground area this weekend.
Most of the vehicles were left unlocked by the owners.
This is occurring in many towns on Cape Cod.
Please be extra vigilant and report any suspicious sounds or sights immediately by dialling 911.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Park in a Garage If you can, always park your vehicle inside a garage to help keep it safer and out of sight.
- Lock the Doors - Thieves don’t want to work hard to take your car. And often they don’t have to because so many Cape Codders neglect to lock their doors. Be sure to hit LOCK and give the door handle a tug. If you have a key fob that automatically unlocks your vehicle when you approach, listen and watch for the combination of horn-honk, light-flash, and lock-engage to know it’s locked tight.
- Guard Your Key Fob - Key fobs are a convenient bit of technology. It can unlock the doors, start the engine, and sound the alarm. But left in the wrong hands, and a key fob can broadcast your vehicle’s position from across a crowded parking lot. Whether it’s at the gym, school, or work, never leave your keys in the open and unattended.
- Get an Alarm - The last thing a thief wants is to wake up the whole neighborhood with a shrieking and honking car alarm. Thankfully, many new vehicles come standard with an anti-theft system. If yours doesn’t, consider getting one installed.
- Ensure Valuables Are Out of Sight - Put away all valuables such as pocketbooks, wallets, cell phone, I-Pads, Sunglasses, etc.
- Park in a Well-Lit Area - Most vehicle thefts happen between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Parking your vehicle in a well-lit area will dissuade someone from taking a swipe at your car.
- Don’t Leave Important Vehicle Papers in the Glovebox - Your car’s insurance and registration are a goldmine for thieves. Criminals can use it to commit identity fraud. Next, address + garage door opener = burglary. Don’t put your family at risk. Carry your insurance and registration in your wallet. If you prefer to keep the documents in the car, stow them in an uncommon spot—not the glovebox or center console.