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Safety Tips - Lock Your Vehicle

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to lock their vehicle when not in use.  We have seen a rash of vehicle burglaries recently and when we send deputies to investigate, they find that the cars were left unlocked.  We realize that many of you feel you should be able to leave your cars open, especially if you are home.  Unfortunately, in today’s world, this only gives the thieves the opportunity they need to steal your property.

Please help make it harder for these thieves to steal your property and lock your vehicles doors, even during the day.  We would also like to remind you not to leave valuables or weapons in your car, if possible.  If you must store them in the vehicle, please try to make sure they are out of sight (i.e., under the seat, in the trunk or glove compartment, etc.).  Thank you for your attention to this matter.


The property most burglars preferred is cash or loose change that is often left in the console or ashtray of the vehicle. They also take wallets, purses, cellular phones, radar detectors and computers.  All of the types of items that should be removed daily. 

Most vehicle burglaries occur at night while the vehicle is parked outside the victim's residence. Sometimes, in a poorly lit driveway.

What can you do to keep from being the victim of an auto burglary?  Park your car in your garage or in a well-lit areas away from places of concealment, such as alleys and behind bushes. 

Close your windows and lock your doors.

Take your valuables with you when you leave your car or lock them in the trunk out of sight.

If you find that your vehicle has been burglarized, please call 911 immediately to report it.