Tifton Police Department urges residents to "Lock It or Lose It"

August 28, 2020 - 

The Tifton Police Department is encouraging residents to continue to use their due diligence to reduce the chance of being a victim of motor vehicle theft and an entering auto incident.

Tifton Police Chief Steve Hyman said, “Please take an extra second to make sure that valuables are tucked away or taken inside your home. Don’t leave tools or other property laying out in truck beds or in your yard. This will help reduce the chances of your property being stolen. We are working diligently to patrol our neighborhoods but we need our residents to do their part to prevent these crimes of opportunity."

Here are some helpful tips to reduce the chances of being a victim of motor vehicle theft or an entering auto incident:

  • Never leave keys in your vehicle for any reason.
  • Never leave a vehicle running and unoccupied, even for a few minutes.
  • Ensure your car doors are locked and windows are rolled up.
  • Activate your security system, if you have one.
  • Leave exterior resident lights on at night or utilize motion-detecting lights at your home.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight or locked in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Remove valuables from truck beds.
  • Do not leave firearms in your vehicle.

 HELPFUL TIP: Have you thought about using your cellphone as a crime prevention tool? You can set alarms and reminders on your cellphone to remind you to make sure your vehicle is secure! These reminders can be set for specific times and home locations.

 If you see any suspicious activity, please take a moment to get a good description of the individual and dial 911.