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Spangdahlem raises vehicle theft awareness

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Vehicle theft is on the rise, so remember to lock vehicles and take any items of value along when leaving vehicles unattended.  By locking vehicles, drivers can help prevent vehicular thefts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Vehicle theft is on the rise, so remember to lock vehicles and take any items of value along when leaving vehicles unattended. By locking vehicles, drivers can help prevent vehicular thefts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- With a recent spike in vehicle thefts, it is important to be more aware of how we leave our vehicles when unattended.

MP3 players, cell phones, money, wallets and GPSs are eye candy for thieves, and your car is more likely to be broken into when these items are in plain sight. Leaving your vehicle unlocked and your windows down makes it even easier for thieves to take items from, break into or steal your car.

To help prevent vehicle theft follow these tips provided by the 52nd Security Forces Squadron when leaving your car:
· Never leave the keys in the ignition
· Park in well-lit areas
· Always lock your doors
· Never leave your windows down
· Never leave valuables in plain view
· Set an alarm or an anti-theft device

"Never leave valuables inside your vehicle. An accessible vehicle or break-in can also lead to a more serious crime like a residential burglary because keys and garage door openers are left in the vehicle," Thomas Steininger, 52nd SFS chief detective, said.

According to the 52nd SFS, there have been six cases of larceny out of vehicles and four cases of larceny of vehicles in 2011 alone.

To report suspicious activity, call the law enforcement desk at DSN 452-6666 or 0656561-6666.