The Siloam Springs Police Department wants to remind everyone to be vigilant in safeguarding their property. The police department has taken numerous reports of broken into vehicles. In most cases the vehicles are left unsecured with valuables inside that include, phones, jewelry, cash, credit cards and firearms. A locked vehicle with a firearm inside does not equal a secure firearm. No firearm should ever be left in a vehicle overnight.
Many victims whose vehicles have been broken into are a victim of “car hopping”, a common practice where individuals walk or ride through a neighborhood, most often in the late night/early morning hours, trying to open doors to vehicles. If the vehicle door is locked, the individuals will almost always move to another vehicle. If the vehicle is unlocked, individuals will take items of value that are difficult to trace and can easily be pawned/sold or traded for narcotics. Despite the police departments best efforts, the greatest majority of the stolen items are not recovered.
Some very simple safety practices can prevent you from becoming a victim.
- Lock your vehicles and home every time you leave.
- Do not leave items of value in your vehicle when it is unattended.
- Do not leave your homes' garage door opener in your vehicle. It allows instant access to your home.
- NEVER leave a firearm unsecured in your home or your vehicle.
The Siloam Springs Police Department remains dedicated to ensuring the safety of all those we serve. If you or someone you know notices something suspicious or has information regarding criminal activity, please contact the Siloam Springs Police Department at (479) 524-4118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.