The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) investigates many car break-ins and purse thefts each year.
Often these crimes of opportunity could have been prevented by sound security practices. Besides the loss of personal property, victims may also have to contend with costly damages to their vehicle.
The following steps will help prevent being a victim of these crimes:
-Purses are often stolen from shopping carts at stores or from dressing rooms and other areas where a purse may be left for a moment. NEVER leave your purse unattended. When using a shopping cart, if you must place your purse in the cart be sure all pockets and openings are closed, zipped and fastened. If the cart has an infant seatbelt or strap, use it to secure the purse to the cart.
-When walking with your purse, use the strap to wrap the purse around your shoulder or otherwise hold the purse firmly in front of your body.
-Remove visible items from your vehicle. If you leave items visible in your car, you are a target. Take these with you.
-Lock your vehicle and take your keys, even for quick errands. Lock the trunk, hatchback or tailgate to block access into the car.
-At home, park in your garage if you have one. Lock your car and all garage doors. When you park outside, park in a well-lit area.
-Install an alarm and use it. Many people believe that alarms no longer make a difference, however they do remain an effective deterrent.
-Install lighting controls. Install motion sensors or photocell lights on the exterior of your garage if you park in your driveway or on the street.

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