Wednesday, November 10, 2010
CMPD South Division Officers Step Up to Combat Theft From Autos
Officers Robert Vandergrift (left) and J.D. Russell, are working on the campaign against auto larceny. Photo by Jessica Milicevic
From the "Local Paper"
According to Officer J.D. Russell, the community coordinator for the South Division, larceny from vehicles is one of the top crimes in south Charlotte.
In the past six months, there have been 95 reports of larceny from a vehicle in south Charlotte.
The division has watched these numbers grow and decided to take preventative measures as the holiday season approaches.
"During the holiday season is when we see the most cars getting broken into," said Russell. "Instead of waiting for cars to get broken into and then giving (citizens) tips on safety, we wanted to get a head start and let them know now."
The campaign consists of a police check-point from 5-7 p.m. twice a week. The officers park at various intersections in a selected neighborhood and pass out fliers to the drivers.
"The fliers have safety tips on the back, but the picture on the front is the most important part," said Russell. "It gives people a visual of what could happen to their cars."
The picture depicts a car window that has been shattered, the inside of the car completely cleaned out.
Russell said it's not people from the area who are breaking into cars, but teenagers from other parts of the city.
"Property values are high here," said Russell. "It's the reason teenagers come here to break into cars; they know they can get expensive items to resell."
Today, the CMPD South Division Officers will be in Raintree from 5-7 p.m. Police will be meeting with community members before the checkpoint begins at 4:45 p.m. at the Raintree Clubhouse.