Larimer County Sheriff warns residents to lock vehicles, especially at trailheads

The advent of warmer weather means residents will be taking advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities available in Larimer County. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith reminds residents to lock their vehicles when parking in recreational area parking lots, especially those providing access to trailheads.

“We typically see a sharp increase of vehicle break-ins at this time of the year. Many of these break-ins are preventable if people will lock their doors and keep valuables out of sight,” Smith said.

Smith says residents are urged to leave valuables at home or lock them in the trunk out of sight. Visible electronic equipment like cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices and cameras as well as wallets and purses are an invitation for a vehicle break-in. Be sure to also remove chargers and suction cups which broadcast the presence of electronic equipment in a vehicle.

Don’t leave anything visible in your car, including loose change. It’s also a good idea to make sure to record the make, model and serial number of your electronic items — that’s the only way an item can be recovered and the offender prosecuted.

Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity. Larimer County deputies will be doing extra patrols this summer, as time permits, but it takes only a minute to smash a window and remove valuables.

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