WASHINGTON – Crime rates are down in a number of local communities.
But in Prince William County, 93 percent of crimes are considered property crimes like burglary, theft from cars and pickpocketing. But when resident take action, they can make themselves less attractive to would-be thieves, police say.
Don’t leave purses on chair backs, counters or in grocery carts.
Bags with long straps should be placed diagonally across body.
Use purses with zippers or snaps that are less easy to open.
Hold shoulder bags forward across the front of the body.
Men’s wallets are less-friendly targets for pickpockets when carried in a front pants pocket. A rubber band wrapped around a wallet creates noticeable friction if someone tries to remove it surreptitiously.
To discourage thefts from cars:
Park in an area with good lighting.
Keep valuables out of sight.
Lock the doors.
“If you see something, say something,” is a universally espoused philosophy of law enforcement. Police would rather respond to check out something seemingly suspicious that turns out to be benign than for someone to ignore a potential warning sign that ultimately turns out to be a crime.