Delaware State Police say vehicle break-ins are rising throughout the state and Sussex County, both on un-lit county roads and well-lit developments and mobile homes. The Delaware State Police highly suggest the following tips to help prevent our area residents from becoming a victim:
1. Keep your doors to all of your vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.
2. Do not leave items of value in your vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, check books, money, SS card, loose change, documents and paperwork with your personal information listed.
3. Store valuable tools inside your residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload daily, such as, using storage containers to transport.
4. Lock your glove box, which should only store your registration and insurance cards. Do not store your vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in your residence.
5. Do not leave items that perceive valuable, such as, a laptop case with no laptop.
6. Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This also can perceive valuables are hidden under items in the vehicle.
7. Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in your vehicle.
8. If possible, keep your vehicle parked under a light area that you can check on from your residence.
9. If you have a surveillance security system, include your vehicles in the angle of your camera system.
If you locate a suspicious subject on your property, in the area of your vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately. Also, be a good witness for your neighbor, as you would want them to do the same for you. Pay attention to what is going on in your neighborhood, and report suspicious activity.