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Summer is all about taking advantage of the amazing recreational opportunities available here in Larimer County. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith reminds us  to lock our 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."    Sheriff Justin Smith


Sheriff Smith urges us 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. This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent your car window from being smashed and your valuables taken. It's also a good idea to make sure to record the make, model and serial number of your items. Having that information is the only way to try and recover the items and prosecute the offender.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity they observe. 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. There is generally an increase in the numbers of vehicle break-ins during the summer months.