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Posted on: December 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Don’t let a criminal Grinch steal your holiday cheer

The Eugene Police Crime Prevention Unit wants to remind all to protect their property over the holiday season and raise awareness of property crime issues in their area. It is important to know the avenues to report suspicious behavior to help protect yourself and the area where you live.


Statistically, the Eugene Police Department is aware that property crime spikes during the holiday season when many take the opportunity to visit family, friends and warmer weather. The Crime Prevention Unit provides the following tips to prevent property crime and assist others in becoming aware of the risk:


BURGLARY PREVENTION

Lock doors and windows.

Don’t leave valuables visible through windows.

When out, turn on lights and radio or TV so it appears that someone is home.

When traveling, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home for you or sign up for our free home vacation check service. Also, stop your paper and mail delivery.


THEFT FROM VEHICLE PREVENTION

Never leave ANYTHING in view even when your car is locked.

Park in busy and well-lit areas.

If you can’t leave your vehicle empty, consider hiding items in your trunk, before you arrive at your destination.


THEFT OF VEHICLE PREVENTION

Use a steering wheel locking device.

Use a vehicle security system.


DON’T ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PLANS - It’s risky to change your answering-machine message to say you’re on vacation or allow your home to look unoccupied while you’re away. Share your vacation information on a “need-to-know” basis and post those great vacation pics on social media when you’ve returned home.


For emergencies and crimes in progress call 9-1-1. To report crimes that have already occurred that are not emergencies, please call the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111. There is also the online reporting tool at http://www.eugenepolice.com (report a crime). Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately for vandalism, criminal mischief, graffiti, hit and run, illegal camping, and to provide anonymous drug/crime/behavioral activity tips.

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