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Chief 3_pp.JPGDear Neighbors:

Too often people are becoming victims of vehicle burglaries.  As Chief of Police, it is one of my top priorities to ensure the safety and security of residents and their property.  As part of this priority, it is important to educate and remind people of the simple safety steps that can be followed to protect themselves and their belongings.  

Thefts from motor vehicles are sometimes considered crimes of opportunity or victim assisted crimes. Examples of crimes of opportunity can be considered an unlocked car door, a purse left on the front seat of the car, or other items being hidden under a towel that may take the shape of a purse, computer, or other valuable item.  The items that are being reported as the most stolen out of vehicles are credit cards and cash, wallets and purses, jewelry, and even firearms. Eighty percent of these thefts are occurring due to vehicles that have been left unlocked or with valuable items in plain view. 

Remembering to lock the doors when you leave your vehicle is the number one security measure to prevent a theft of your belongings from your vehicle.  Leaving your vehicle unlocked is an easy opportunity to become a victim. 

Do not leave any valuable items in your vehicle; especially within plain view of someone walking by.  This includes not only while parked at shopping centers, beaches, or the gym, but as well as, when you are parked in front of your own residence.  Take your valuables with you or leave them inside your home.

If you must keep a valuable item in the vehicle, an option is to store the item in the trunk so that the item will be secure and unseen by someone walking by.  

Remain alert and aware of your surroundings.  If you see someone suspicious, such as a person walking around a parking lot looking into vehicles or someone pulling on random vehicle door handles, contact your local law enforcement agency to report this activity. 

In addition, know your community. If you see suspicious activity within your neighborhood, or if something seems out of the ordinary, please do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency to report it.  It is important for you to be the eyes and ears of your community.

To be successful in reducing vehicle thefts, it is imperative that we establish and maintain partnerships with the residents and visitors of the Town of Jupiter.  It is these partnerships that help us build relationships in the community to better serve and protect.   

Lastly, we would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support and appreciation of the Jupiter Police Department; especially after the recent tragic events involving law enforcement which have occurred across the country.

As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter for important events and information.


Sincerely,

Frank J. Kitzerow
Chief of Police