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Neighborhood thefts in Tanyard

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

A series of thefts were reported in Tanyard Country Club Subdivision during April and the first part of May. Little information can be released at this time as the cases are under investigation by the Town of Louisa Police Department.

Town Chief of Police Jessie Shupe said the department wants to take a pro-active approach against crime and it begins with residents and the community.

People know who lives in their neighborhood, he said, and know who belongs and who doesn’t.

Any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity should be reported immediately to the Louisa Police Department.

The chief advised not to wait to confirm suspicions with a family member or friend, but to trust instincts and call police immediately.

Shupe shared a few tips to help ensure that residents and the department are consistently working together, and help residents protect themselves and their belongings.

• When a crime is suspected, call the dispatch center immediately.  It’s always better to be on the safe side.

• If a crime is discovered, preserve the area and call the dispatch center immediately.  Reporting immediately upon discovery and not disturbing the scene could make a major difference in the case.

• Be Alert!  Always know your surroundings.

• When suspicion arises, gather as many pertinent details as possible. (descriptions, direction of travel, vehicle info, etc.)

• Make sure cars are locked.  An unlocked car is an open invitation to the auto burglar or auto thief.

• Secure vehicles at all times, even when it is parked in the  driveway or on the street.

• Remember to always take the keys.  Never “hide” keys in the car – even for convenience.

• If there is a car alarm, use it at all times.

• Remove all valuables.  Never leave handbags, briefcases, cellphones, wallets, cash or any other valuables in plain view.

According to Shupe, residents should not tolerate vandalism, thefts,  mischief or other crimes in their community.

“Help us protect the quality of life for you, your family and our community,” Shupe said.

Report suspicions and concerns to the dispatch center. The non-emergency number is (540) 967-1234 or, in any emergency, always call 9-1-1.