Mock Car Break-in Used to Warn Park Joggers
November 23, 2005 -- Houston
police officers assigned to the Special Operations Division conducted
a mock car break-in demonstration at 1300 Memorial Loop on Wednesday,
November 23, 2005 at 12 noon, to demonstrate to park patrons how
to keep their vehicles from being broken into while they are jogging
or exercising in the park.
HPD Officer J.C. Roberts mentioned that many
joggers are unaware that thieves are always watching and waiting
for an opportunity to break into their car as soon as they are
out of sight. "Too many joggers put their car keys in their
gas caps or on their car tire while they run," said Officer
Roberts. "This is a sure way to get your car stolen or your
valuables taken which could lead to another situation, identity
theft," added Roberts.
Being aware of your surroundings and keeping
your personal items out of sight is the only way to keep your
valuables such as cell phones, lap top computers and purses from
being stolen. "Burglaries of motor vehicles in the park are
preventable, if the jogger takes the time to put their personal
items in the trunk of their cars or trucks. However, the best
thing to do is not bring valuable items to the park in the first
During the mock break-in demonstration, it took
an HPD undercover officer 15 seconds to smash the window of a
car and steal the purse lying in the passenger seat. Some of the
joggers in the park were given whistles to use if they encounter
suspicious activity while they are doing their work out.
The photos below are from today's demonstration
and showed how fast a break-in can happen. (Click on photo for
full size image.)
AW/ RMM 11-23-05
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.