Don’t let a criminal Grinch steal your holiday cheer


by John Hankemeier

The Eugene Police Crime Prevention Unit wants neighbors to protect their property over the holiday break and raise awareness of property crime issues in their area. It is important to know the avenues to report suspicious behavior to help protect yourself and the area where you live.

Statistically, the Eugene Police Department is aware that property crime spikes during the weeks of winter break when many take the opportunity to visit family, friends and warmer weather. The Crime Prevention Unit is hoping that neighbors will assist others in becoming aware of the risk and take the easy steps necessary to make their homes and vehicles “harder targets” while they are away.

There are simple steps you can take to prevent from being a victim:

BURGLARY PREVENTION
Lock doors and windows.
Don’t leave valuables visible through windows.
Take your valuables with you when you leave for the holidays.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE PREVENTION
Never leave ANYTHING in view even when your car is locked.
Park in busy and well-lit areas.

THEFT OF VEHICLE PREVENTION
Use a steering wheel locking device.
Use a vehicle security system.

DON’T ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PLANS – It’s risky to change your answering-machine message to say you’re on vacation or allow your home to look unoccupied while you’re away. Share your vacation information on a “need-to-know” basis.

For emergencies and crimes in progress call 9-1-1. To report crimes that have already occurred that are not emergencies, please call the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111.

There is also the online reporting tool at http://www.eugenepolice.com (report a crime). Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately for vandalism, criminal mischief, graffiti, hit and run, illegal camping, and to provide anonymous drug/crime/behavioral activity tips.

For further information, contact:
Melinda McLaughlin, APR, Public Information Director, at 541.682.5124
John Hankemeier, Public Information Coordinator, at 541 .682.5197