Thefts from motor vehicles

A police department public service video demonstrates what can prompt a thief to commit a larceny from a motor vehicle. Shown here, with the driver’s side window partially lowered and the interior in view, are a laptop computer, compact discs and cash.

The police department in June responded to 29 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles — and the department is advising motorists to make sure that their vehicles are secure and that their valuable items are not in view.

Of those 29 reports of such thefts, 48 percent of them were about vehicles that had been left unsecured, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a news release.

For the year to date, there have been 98 reports of larceny from motor vehicles and 38 percent of them were about vehicles that had been left unsecured, Jackson said.

The police department has posted a brief video on YouTube with the following tips to help prevent such a crime:

  • Never leave valuable items inside the vehicle that can be seen from the outside.
  • Stow valuable items in the trunk of the vehicle or take those valuable items inside the home.
  • Park the vehicle away from areas that might encourage a potential thief and that might encourage a potential thief to be unable to be spotted while attempting to commit a theft.
  • Make sure that all of the vehicle’s windows are closed and that the vehicle’s doors are locked.

The video emphasizes that a person who becomes a victim of a larceny from a motor vehicle needs to be ready to provide law enforcement with a detailed list of all of the stolen items, with the serial numbers if possible.

Jackson in the news release also said the police department is going to restart online what is called the #9pm routine as a periodic reminder to people to remove their valuables from their vehicles, lock the doors of their vehicles and lock the doors of their residences by 9 p.m. daily.

Jackson also said residents are being asked to set a nightly reminder on their cell phones or other electronic devices that will remind them to follow the #9pm routine.

Anyone with any information about larcenies from motor vehicles or any other crimes in Rocky Mount is asked to phone the police at 252-972-1411 or to phone Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.

Tips also can be texted to the police via Text-A-Tip at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL and typing up to 155 characters about the information.