TOPIC: Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take?

Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52021

Install a speaker as a deterrent that can be monitored and activated
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52022

Cameras wouldn’t help you. They’ll only cover their face and remove their license plates from their vehicle. We’ve caught them on camera before and it doesn’t worry them at all. Your best bet would be to increase your security patrol. The best power is manpower. Stagger their schedule as well. Sometimes the criminals study the schedule and come while the guards on gone. You could also invest in a on-site Courtsey officer as well if you haven’t already 
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52023

Cameras with live monitoring would work. A human is watching the camera at a monitoring center and can activate a speaker as a deterrent and then either notify the security guard or send police
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52024

*Send out an email to all your tenants, Warning them of the break ins and asking them to hide or remove valuables from their vehicle.

*Temporarily increase your security patrols.

*Ensure the security vendor is breaking up their patrol pattern and ensure they are actually coming on site and performing duties.

*Install “Security Patrol” signs at every entrance.

*Partner with local law enforcement. Police Departments frequently have community liaison officers that will help coordinate more attention being given to your community.

*Think about installing an obvious camera at each entrance to give the illusion of more security at the property.
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52025

We had this issue at a site any years ago. Our courtesy officer /police officer had sticky notes he placed on cars that said something like "I see items in your car I would steal if I was a theif. From the local PD" something like that, I guess they use them periodically around town. I dont know if it helped but hopefully people took the hint and didnt leave items lay out I their cars. Typically car thieves look in cars and break in when doors are unlocked or items are visible... or so they said
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52026

Your police should be out looking. Guarantee it is not just your community.
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52027

We recently had this happen. Cameras will not help, they literally looked at ours and gave us the bird. All the cameras show is “yep, criminals are busting windows out” but even as high quality as our cameras are, you can’t see through face masks and hoodies.
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52028

Lease to local law enforcement and give a discount..make it a requirement that they drive their patrol vehicles home. It really is a deterrent...and a win win for everybody.
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52029

Build a relationship with your local PD. Take them pizzas or cookies or something and make them your new friend! Ask them to please roll through the community at different hours of the day. Staggered hours and a regular presence will help. Maybe even get together with other managers at your comps for a safety meeting.
  • Heather Hoeft
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Car break-ins/busted out windows. The thorn in my side. What are some precautions you take? 1 month 1 week ago #52030

Our police department has a flyer that lists things to prevent car break ins at home and in shopping center's. I got a pdf copy of it and posted it on every apt door and put it on Facebook. With Christmas around the corner it is a good reminder. Once I posted it on all the doors and someone yelled at me because their car got broken into, I went down the list, did you leave anything in your vehicle in plain sight? Almost always the answer was yes. I would then ask them if they needed another police dept flyer about car break in prevention. Silence... I also asked if they made a police report and to share the case #. Many do not want to call the police they want to blame you. Put the ball back in their basketball court.
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