"Lock It. Hide It. Keep It."
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has launched the "Lock It. Hide It. Keep It." campaign aimed at informing our residents this holiday shopping season of the precautions they can take to prevent becoming victims of auto related property crimes.
The message is simple:
- Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in the trunk.
- Hide It: If you don't have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
- Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office will be reaching out to local neighborhood associations and apartment complexes to spread the word. This campaign was originally launched by the Los Angeles Police Department in 2010, and has proven successful within law enforcement jurisdictions across the country.
In response to the initiative, Sheriff Curry said, "Our greatest resource in keeping our communities safe is the partnership we have with our citizens. It is my hope that this effort will remind our residents to be watchful and safeguard their valuables, which I suspect will have a negative impact on property crimes involving vehicles."
The Sheriff's Office would like to encourage all residents to report suspicious behavior to their local law enforcement agency. You may contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at phone number (205) 669-4181 or use the Sheriff's Office website to report crime tips www.shelbyso.com. In the event of emergencies dial 911.