The Delaware State Police recently have investigated a rash of vehicle break-ins that have taken place in Pike Creek and North Wilmington.

The state police offered the prevention and awareness tips:

— Keep the doors of vehicles locked at all times and windows shut.

— Do not leave items of value in the vehicle. This includes purses, wallets, credit cards, electronics, checkbooks, money, Social Security card, loose change, documents and paperwork with personal information listed.

— Store valuable tools inside the residence. If needed daily for work, create an easy system to load and unload, such as using storage containers to transport.

— Lock the glove box, which should only store registration and insurance cards. Do not store vehicle title in the glove box. Store it in a safe place in a residence.

— Do not leave items that have a perceived value, such as a laptop case with no laptop.

Clear the vehicle of all clutter and personal items. This can give the general impression that other property of value may be within the vehicle.

— Do not keep a spare vehicle key hidden in the same vehicle. Do not store house keys or other keys in vehicles.

— If possible, keep vehicles parked under a lighted area that can be checked on from a residence.

— Those will surveillance security systems should include vehicles in the angle of a camera. If a suspicious subject is located on a property, in the area of vehicles, do not confront them, call 911 immediately.

— Be a good witness for neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens. Pay attention and be aware to what is going on in the neighborhood, and other places that frequented throughout the course of the day, such as the parking lots of local businesses, workplaces, parks, etc.

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