MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to remind residents to properly secure their vehicles following reports of suspicious activity involving parked cars along Upham Street. Nothing was taken from the vehicles.
“Car break-ins and thefts are crimes of opportunity,” said Chief Lyle. “While the crime rate is low in Melrose we are asking residents to be vigilant about locking their car doors at night to prevent unnecessary property loss.”
The Melrose Police Department reminds vehicle owners to use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle.
- Take your keys. Don’t leave them in your vehicle.
- Close all windows and lock all doors.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, make sure they are out of sight.
- Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
- Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.
- Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night around 9 p.m. This is known as the 9 p.m. Routine.
If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, follow these steps:
- Call 911 to report a vehicle theft or break-in. A copy of the police report and/or a case number will be needed to provide to your insurance company.
- You may be asked to provide the license plate number, make, model and color of the car, the VIN number and any identifying characteristics.
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen or broken into.
- If you find your vehicle before authorities, contact the police immediately and then your insurance company.