In light of a recent uptick in reported vehicle burglaries, the Sierra Vista Police Department would like to remind residents to always ensure their homes and vehicles are properly secured when left unattended.
Reports of recent vehicle burglaries have been focused in the area of Sherbundy Street in the west side of Sierra Vista. In most cases, the burglaries involved vehicles left with their doors unlocked during hours of darkness.
“Most burglars are opportunists; they take advantage of our own mistakes and seek out easy targets,” SVPD Public Information Officer Cpl. Tim Wachtel says. “They will not spend much time trying to gain entry into a secured residence or vehicle.”
Vehicle owners are reminded to always take the following precautions when leaving their vehicle unattended:
- Lock all doors and close all windows
- Do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle, especially where visible
- Park in a highly visible and well lit area
- Never leave garage door openers in parked vehicles
The Sierra Vista Police Department also urges residents to take the following precautions when leaving their home or apartment unattended:
- Lock all doors and windows
- Install an alarm system
- Have outside and inside lights turn off and on based on a timer
- Leave a radio or other source of audio playing or activated by a timer
- Keep all bushes near the residence trimmed to preserve visibility
Residents can also request a vacation house check through the Sierra Vista Police Department by calling (520) 458-3311 or by using the online form.