Awareness campaign aims to reduce thefts from cars

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Police warn residents not to leave valuables visible in their parked cars. (Brady Holt/The Current/May 2012)

In an effort to highlight efforts to prevent car break-ins in the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser and police officials walked around Ward 4 on Monday issuing “friendly citations” to residents as reminders to keep their vehicles locked and valuables out of sight.

The mayor and Metropolitan Police Department also shared other safety tips in a news release, advising residents to remove portable GPS devices from dashboards when parking their cars and to hide belongings in the car trunk or a locked glove compartment. In general, officials said in the release, “the best way to prevent theft from an auto is to keep valuables out of sight,” which means never leaving items like “cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or electronic devices” in plain view.

The safety push was part of Back to Basics DC, an effort to highlight aspects of the government’s day-to-day work. District officials are promoting the initiative on social media using #backtobasicsDC.