HPD Officers Go Car-To-Car, Encouraging Airport Travelers to Lock Up and Hide Their Stuff

March 18, 2010 - Houston police officers have a message for airport travelers: have a good trip, but don’t forget to lock your vehicles and hide your valuables.

“Criminals are looking for easy targets such as unlocked vehicles and valuable items they can see before they break in,” said HPD Lieutenant Jerry Kiker.

Several times during March, police officers from the HPD Airport Division distributed theft reduction report cards on motorists’ windshields, giving them pass or fail grades as to whether they left vehicle doors unlocked, windows opened or cracked, and if valuables were in plain view.

“I’ve been at the airport a long time,” said Lieutenant Kiker. “I believe it’s one of the safest places to be, but almost anywhere in the city where there are a lot of vehicles left unattended, there is a possibility of a burglary occurring. We’re trying to do what we can to prevent that,” he said.

Burglaries of Motor Vehicles (BMVs) are among the most easily preventable of crimes. Citizens are encouraged to lock their vehicles and hide their belongings to remove any temptation to would-be thieves.

“We want everyone to secure their property, so they don’t become victims of crime,” said Lieutenant Kiker.

The effort is part of the Houston Police Department’s ongoing March on Crime Campaign. Working together, Houston police and the public can help “Keep Houston Safe.”

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For more safety information, visit our website at www.houstonpolice.org and click on the “Keep Houston Safe” logo.


KJS/JFC 3-18-10

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.

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