Vehicle Burglary is a Crime of Opportunity

The Chandler Police Department would like to remind the public to secure unattended vehicles. In many cases, a vehicle burglary is a crime of opportunity. Do not allow yourself to become a victim!

If you must leave your vehicle parked in a driveway or on the street, make sure your vehicle is locked. Criminals will often walk down neighborhood streets at night and check doors on vehicles. Do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle. If this is unavoidable, keep the valuables out of sight. Utilize some type of anti-theft device on your vehicle. Any deterrent you can place on your vehicle to make it less of a target for thieves is advantageous. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and away from overgrown shrubbery or any other large items that would allow a crook to hide. The best defense against becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary is to secure your vehicle inside a garage.

We would also like to remind you to keep your garage doors closed. Just like in the case of an unlocked car, an open garage door is an invitation to a thief to steal from you. Oftentimes, easy access through an open garage door also means easy access into the home. Protect you family and your belongings by keeping your garage doors closed during all hours of the day.

We ask that you remain vigilant and report any suspicious people, vehicles, or circumstances in your neighborhood. Don’t hesitate to call the police and report. Recently, a vigilant neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle they observed in their area; and from that simple report, officers were able to identify a group of burglars, make numerous arrests, and return valuable property to the victims. To report suspicious activity in Chandler, call 480-782-4130. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

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