The Aberdeen Police Department reports that we are experiencing an increase in reports of vehicle prowls throughout the city. The department reports a threefold increase in the number of vehicle prowls for the month of July, compared to the previous year.
Vehicle prowls are one of the most common and preventable crimes that take place in the City of Aberdeen. The majority of vehicle prowls and thefts from motor vehicles are easily preventable and avoidable by following these simple steps.
The Aberdeen Police Department encourages the public to secure their vehicle. This includes rolling up all windows, locking all doors, trunks, hatches, bed-mounted tool boxes, and canopies. The Aberdeen Police Department recommends that all items be removed from the vehicle that the owner would not want stolen if they are a victim of a vehicle prowl. "If in doubt, take it out."
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The reported numbers are as follows for the months of June and July for 2007, 2008, and 2009.
(July numbers represent the 1st to the 28th)
July 1-28-2009 36 Reported/valid prowls
July 1-28-2008 12 Reported/valid prowls
July 1-28-2007 26 Reported/valid prowls
June 1-30-2009 22 Reported/valid prowls
June 1-30-2008 18 Reported/valid prowls
June 1-30-2007 16 Reported/valid prowls
May 1-30-2009 30 Reported/valid prowls
May 1-30-2008 22 Reported/valid prowls
May 1-30-2007 14 Reported/valid prowls
The Aberdeen Police Department also asks the public to promptly report any suspicious persons or activity to the police department. If they witness a vehicle prowl in progress it is recommended that they do not confront the subject. APD asks that they call 911 and if it is safe to do so provide a description of the suspect that would include, height, build, clothing description ( head to toe) items that make them stand out and direction of travel.
If the citizen does not wish to call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity they may be reported to the police by calling the GH E911non-emergency number of 533-8765.
With help from our citizens, we will be able to make a greater impact in the fight to stop vehicle prowling and theft from vehicles within our City limits.