The Havelock Police Department is offering tips to residents to avoid being victims of what it calls “crimes of opportunity.”


The Havelock Police Department is offering tips to residents to avoid being victims of what it calls “crimes of opportunity.”



According to police, these crimes include car break-ins and larcenies. Police say that 99 percent of all car break-ins are a result of car doors being left unlocked. They say thieves simply go from car to car in a particular neighborhood or parking lot trying doors to see if they open.



As such, police urge all residents to lock their vehicles, even if leaving the vehicle for only a few moments. Police also urge residents not to leave valuables inside their vehicles in plain sight. Items such as cell phones, wallets, gifts, computers and other electronics will give a thief enough incentive to try to open the door. And even if the door isn’t open, a thief may just break the vehicle windows if the item left in plain sight is valuable enough.



Though putting such items in a trunk is safer, police urge that residents remove all valuable items from their vehicles. After all, once inside, a thief would most likely have access to a vehicle’s trunk as well.



While inside stores, police urge that women not place their purses in their carts. All it takes is a few seconds to turn and look at an item for a thief to steal the purse or grab something inside. Police say thieves need only minutes to use stolen credit cards in a different store or online.



And after making the big purchase, police urge residents to record the serial numbers of items such as televisions, computers and game consoles. These items will be easier to track  with a serial number if stolen and easier to return to the owner if found.