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Protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft
Protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Little Rock Police Department says thirty automobiles were recently broken into during a three-week period. Most of the break-ins happened in the River Market area downtown, but any vehicle anywhere is a potential target. As Edgefest and Riverfest approach, Lt. Terry Hastings offers the following statement and tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim:

"Beginning [Friday] the LRPD will set up teams to work on these crimes. We will use uniformed patrol officers, bicycle officers, officers on horse back, officers on Segways, and undercover officers to stop these crimes. We will also be using bait cars as part of our tactics to stop these crimes. If you are a criminal and you are thinking about breaking in a vehicle, you need to know that that vehicle may be a bait car under the observation of LRPD Officers. The effort will not just be in the Downtown area alone, but will include the entire city. As LRPD data identifies areas where auto B & E crimes occur in the city, we will attack that area as well to arrest the suspects.

"In many cases these crimes are being committed by a very small group of criminals. When we make arrest the number of crimes goes down quickly. Sadly many of these criminals do not stay in jail long due to our overcrowding and they return to continue their trade. As we identify these suspects we can track their activity and make additional arrests.

"To help us make sure these crimes stop we offer the following safety tips.

+ Never leave anything of value visible in your car

+ Remove GPS devices that are visible

+ Always lock your car doors and set the alarm

+ Never leave your wallet, purse, or money in your vehicle

+ Carry your cell phone in your hand and be ready to use it when walking to your car

+ Always be aware of where you are and where your car is parked

+ Park in lighted areas whenever possible

+ If you see suspicious people or activity call police immediately

"Working together we can stop criminals in their tracks."