Police Chief urges caution during holidays

As the holiday season progresses, police are warning residents to take precautions with their homes and cars to cut down on the number of property crimes in the area.

Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel said that at this time of year they will see an increase in property crime, with residents being targeted as they shop or in their driveways. Wenzel pointed to a recent robbery, in which a woman shopping at Costco had her purse stolen right out of her cart as she loaded her car.

"These and other events like that occur during the holidays because we're so busy with trying to get things accomplished," he explained. "Property crimes are my biggest issue here, and now is the time when people are just so preoccupied with getting all this stuff done that they forget to lock things up - so this is just a reminder to be more aware."

Most of the precautions suggested are simple common sense. These include:

Do not leave items in plain view in your vehicle

Lock all doors on your vehicle

Lock homes and garages, especially if going away for the holiday

Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home

Wenzel said these suggestions don't just apply to gift shopping, as thieves will be on the lookout for laptops and other items left in vehicles.

In addition, Wenzel said, this is the time of the year that many residents will be getting credit card applications in the mail. He suggests shredding any unused applications prior to disposal.

"Protect your identity. Shred unwanted applications," he said. "Destroy them so they don't get back in the system. "


Posted by AC, a resident of Danville
on Dec 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Garage Door openers are being targeted in cars parked in driveways.
Once Taken they can come back during the day time looking like a Service people , open your garage door and rob your home...

Posted by John, a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

WOW!!!!!! Who would have thunk it!

Posted by Lisa, a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2009 at 7:00 am

Packages dropped of by UPS/FED EX are being ripped open and stolen in our area. Don't let packages/deliveris sit out on your front step.

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