Advisory From Simi PD | Protect Your Property – Tools Being Targeted

The Simi Valley Police Department would like to alert the community regarding recent Crimes of Opportunity: tools taken from trucks. Vehicles targeted are trucks with tool boxes in the truck bed or side tool compartment. Items taken are power and hand tools. 

Harden the Target! Removing the Target (tools) and the opportunity (lock your property up) will prevent the crime. 

Stolen tools hurt your business, are a loss of time and money. Taking preventative steps can save you thousands of dollars. Check with your insurance company that you have proper coverage before you become a victim of a theft. 

Your tools look just like everyone else’s. Make it difficult for the thieves: 

• Mark or engrave your property to deter a thief from taking your property as the identification number makes it difficult for criminals to sell or pawn your property. 
• With a Dremel Engraver, engrave or etch the equipment with your driver’s license number. 
• Use a key stamp to customize your identification on your items, including your telephone number. When the key stamp is heated, you can stamp your property. 
• Use a Smart Phone or camera; photograph the items, include the make and model, serial numbers, and receipt in case they are stolen. This electronic information can help you recover your property quickly and assist your insurance company. 
• Use fluorescent paint to mark your property, the paint will make it less desirable to pawn or sell. 
• Lock your tool boxes – make it difficult for thieves to get to your items. 
• Use heavy-duty lockable tool boxes that feature tamper-resistant locks. 
• Always lock your doors and close the windows, even if for one minute. 
• Add motion-sensor lighting to your parking area. 
• Park in the driveway with the rear portion closest to the garage. 
• If you witness suspicious behavior or activity please call the Simi Valley Police Department at (805) 583-6950. 

For additional information regarding Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch, please contact Jean-Marie Maroshek of the Crime Analysis and Prevention Unit at (805) 583-6276 or jmaroshek@simivalley.org


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