Police warn shoppers not to leave items in car this holiday season

KEZI spoke with Springfield police about some things shoppers can do to help prevent theft.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017 8:00 PM
Updated: Nov. 24, 2017 8:31 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – With all the holiday shopping, police are sending out a warning about car thefts and break-ins.

KEZI spoke with Springfield police about some things shoppers can do to help prevent theft. Officers said to be careful about leaving electronics in your car and to not leave them in plain sight. They said don't put things in your trunk and then walk away. They also said to keep your eyes open for anything suspicious in parking lots.

“If it's a good, honest person sitting in your car and they notice somebody getting into somebody else' car, hopefully that person will have a phone and can make a call,” said Officer Tom Speldrich with Springfield police. “Of course, I would further say don't leave your young children in the car, that creates its own problems but adults or teenagers maybe you can leave behind at the car and call if there is an emergency.”

With Cyber Monday around the corner, KEZI also asked about porch pirates. Officers said to try to have packages delivered to your workplace or have a neighbor take care of it.

They also said to keep in mind porch security cameras can be helpful, especially if there's a theft spree in the neighborhood.

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