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Police: Put your Junk in your Trunk

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Posted at 8:27 AM, Dec 07, 2011
and last updated 2011-12-07 08:27:36-05

RICHMOND, VA  (WTVR) – No one ever wants to be the target of a crime, and especially not during the holidays when expensive gifts are in the house and car.

For years Richmond police have told you to put your “junk in your trunk,” meaning don’t leave your purse or other valuables in your car for others to see.

This December police are changing the message up a bit.

Today Richmond police officers handed out cards in Shockoe Slip that read; “don’t let others see you putting junk in your trunk.”

Police said thieves are watching for people who park and then hide pocketbooks and gifts under car seats or in trunks.

Police said that the point of their new message is to get people thinking about crime prevention before they arrive at their destination.

“When you leave your neighborhood you slide your purse underneath your seat, or put it in your trunk., that way when you get to your location…you get out of your car, go have a good time and you come back and you’re not a victim of crime, “ said Sgt. Mike Phibbs.

Some other holiday crime prevention tips that police suggested include:

  • Write down serial numbers and take pictures of all your electronics.
  • Do not post your travel plans on Facebook.
  • Only use well situated and well-lit ATMs to get cash.