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Local Auto Burglaries Result in Frauds {UPDATE}

By: TPD Press Release
By: TPD Press Release

*** Update 9-20-2010 6:39 PM ****
Tallahassee, FL - Another workout facility says they were also the target of burglars.
Premier released a burglar alert indicatiing they had a couple of their customers' vehicles that were burglarized.

Premier's Burglar Alert Release:

On, September 15, 2010 there was an article regarding two recent auto burglaries at local gyms. We hoped these were isolated incidents. However, last Thursday evening, Premier was targeted when two of our members had their vehicles burglarized.

The Tallahassee Police Department has provided the following tips to protect your property:

Always lock your vehicle
Ask for identification when accepting a credit card if you are a business owner.
Park in well lit areas.
Avoid taking purses or wallets to the gym at all or lock them in a locker instead of leaving them in a vehicle.
Place values in trunk before arriving at the gym.
Never hang car keys on the public key-boards.
Keeps a written record of valuables including descriptions and serial numbers.
In addition, we suggest the following precautions to help prevent you from becoming a victim:

Be alert when choosing your parking space and look for suspicious people loitering in a parking lot.
If you see someone suspicious in a parking lot or business, notify the manager of the business and have him/her call the TPD (891-4200).
When returning to your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and look at your vehicle for damage. Have your keys ready and get inside your vehicle and lock your doors as soon as possible.
As always, remember that burglaries are a crime of OPPORTUNITY!

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Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --

The Tallahassee Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit is investigating two recent auto burglaries that have occurred at Gold’s Gym (Apalachee Parkway) and Women’s World (Thomasville Road) in Tallahassee. The suspect(s) gained entry into the vehicles by smashing windows. A Credit card stolen during one of the burglaries was utilized at a local Wal-Mart to purchase several items.

This method of operation is generally perpetrated by organized transient criminal groups that travel throughout Florida victimizing citizens. Some of these groups utilize the credit cards while in the area and others have fled the Tallahassee area even before the victim discovers the burglary.

The Tallahassee Police Department recommends that citizens be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately. Additionally, citizens can utilize the following recommendations to protect their valuables:

· Always “Lock Before You Leave.” Most vehicle burglaries occur when the doors are not locked. Many burglaries are a crime of opportunity. Make sure all doors and windows are properly closed and locked when you leave.

· If you are a business owner, ask for identification when accepting a credit card.

· Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.

· Avoid taking purses or wallets to the gym. If you must take them, use a locker inside to secure the items. Generally, cars in gym parking lots have been broken into more than lockers inside the gym

· Valuables left in plain view only entice burglars. Remove all items from the vehicle (CD’s, backpacks, cell phones, purses, currency, laptops, personal mail).

· If you place your valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, do so before arriving at the gym, never in the parking lot.

· Never keep your car keys on the floor while working out in the gym or hang them on the public key-boards. (We have had thieves steal the keys as the owners were working out)

· Keep a written record of valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers. These are proof that the property is yours and will aid in the reporting process and recovery.


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