'Move It, Lock it, or Lose It'

Flagstaff has long enjoyed the reputation and feel of a small town community. Those of us lucky enough to live here and the multitude who come to visit every year are treated to beautiful views, enjoyable weather and friendly people. We all love this lifestyle and the relative safety and security of our community. At times, however, many of us forget or overlook the threat of crime in our community or the possibility of becoming a crime victim because we feel so comfortable with these beautiful surroundings and friendly neighbors.

Flagstaff is a safe place to live and visit. Crime in our communities has been on a continual decline for the last several years, in some cases by as much as 40 percent. Unfortunately, crime does still occur and it's worth taking a moment to evaluate your potential for becoming a victim.

Some questions to ask yourself: How often do you leave the doors and windows of your home unlocked? Have you ever left your garage door open overnight? Do you routinely lock your vehicle doors and ensure the windows are rolled up? Simple precautions like these give you the best defense against becoming a victim of theft or other property crime. The Flagstaff Police Department, in partnership with law abiding members of our communities would like to encourage you to take a moment and consider these issues.

Time and again, when arrests are made for vehicle and residential burglary, the perpetrator targeted those vehicles or homes which were left unlocked with easy access to obvious valuables. The vast majority of vehicle burglaries which occur in Flagstaff are committed by persons who seek unlocked vehicles which have valuables sitting out in plain view.

Items such as iPods, MP3 players, cameras, purses or wallets, cellular telephones and Compact Discs or CD cases are frequent targets.

Take a moment to consider your habits in crime prevention. How long does it take to roll up your vehicle windows and lock the doors? Is it that inconvenient to place your valuables in the trunk or carry them inside with you? We all enjoy the cool night air in Flagstaff but are they worth having your home broken into? By simply locking the doors and windows of your home, closing the garage door and ensuring your vehicle windows are closed and its doors are locked, you significantly limit your potential for becoming a victim.

Remember, when it comes to the security of your property, "Move it, Lock it, or Lose it."

For additional information, please contact Lt. Ken Koch at (928) 214-2538.

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