Theft From Auto

Close your eyes.  Take a deep breath.  Now try to imagine for a moment that you are cold, hungry and tired.  Your shoes hurt your feet, your clothes are dirty, and you are in desperate need of a shower.  Last night, you were turned away from the shelter, and by the time your spot in the food line reached the truck, there was nothing left.

Now imagine walking down the street and casting a glance into the window of a car parked on the side of the street.  On the passenger seat, calling out its siren song, is a ladies purse.  You know what you are about to do is against the law, but the hunger cramps in your stomach override any reason you have left.  You break the car window with a rock, grab the purse, and run away into the night.  Hopefully, there is money in the purse, and you will have enough to buy some food.  Or drugs.  Or to feed whatever vice you have.  If there is no money, then at least you trade the contents of the purse for a sandwich or a hit of cocaine.

What would you do, if faced with such a decision?

Let’s not present such an opportunity to those with few choices.

Please, do not leave valuables in your car.

Visit the VPD web site for more information on how to prevent auto crime, and to download a seat mat sign for your own car.

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