A string of larcenies from vehicles in the Broadlands, Brambleton and the Dulles South service areas of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has prompted Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman to remind residents to lock their vehicles and secure all valuables or out of plain view from prying eyes.
In most cases, investigators believe the vehicles were left unlocked, making it easy to enter them, according to an LCSO press release. The agency advises residents to secure property, which includes closing garage doors to a residence, to prevent such crimes of opportunity.
“Locking your vehicle and removing expensive items from plain view will reduce your chances of becoming the victim of this crime opportunity,” Chapman said in the release.
Residents should also park in well-lit areas or in garages, activate alarm systems or use anti-theft devices, and immediately report any suspicious activity to the LCSO’s 24-hour non-emergency line at 703-777-1021.