Crime Prevention Tip of the Month

In our ongoing effort to serve the citizens of the Dan River Region, beginning in January 2018, the Danville Police Department will provide a Crime Prevention Tip of the Month. On or about the second Wednesday of each month, a new tip will be added to the page to complete a total of 12 for the year. It is our hope and intention to provide readers with information on trending safety and crime issues and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Please use these tips and other resources provided on our website to become better informed and better prepared.

For more on Crime Prevention Programs or resources contact the Crime Prevention Office at 

434-797-8898Crime Prevention Patch

September 2018

Preventing Larceny from a Vehicle

Criminal's Viewpoint 

  • Wide Variety of Merchandise - A vast array of property is often left inside parked vehicles.     
    • Laptops, Tablets and other personal, portable electronics 
    • Cell phones, 
    • GPS devices, 
    • After- market car stereo systems, 
    • Video systems (often mounted in headrests), 
    •  Purses and wallets
    • Clothing
    • Jewelry 
    • Cameras

These are only a few in the list of potential targets often left in plain sight for “window shopping” criminals

Protect Against Theft

What You Can Do To Prevent Being A Victim

Lock, Take Hide

  • Lock your vehicle - Yes, it takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise. In many instances where victims left their vehicles unlocked (to prevent windows from being broken); the suspect broke the window anyway.  
  • Take items with you - If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will often go to the next vehicle to window shop a softer target
  • Hide valuables from sight – If removing your valuables is not an option, remember to hide them BEFORE you park........

Click Here for more on protecting valuables in your car