Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box asks citizens to lock Unlocked Vehicles.

Every neighborhood is at risk if you leave a loaded firearm in an unlocked vehicle.  If you have a firearm for personal protection, keep it secure away from criminals or innocent children.

 Dyer County Sheriffs Officials are urging citizens to lock their car doors as they continue to investigate numerous “thefts from vehicles” in the county over the past few months. Each year during the holiday season, Dyer County officials see an increase in theft reports of suspects stealing items from UNLOCKED vehicles.

Over the past week a Glock model 19 pistol was reported stolen from  Trimble Rd, 2 Guns from Nichols Lane a  Remington 270 rifle - Winchester Super x3 12 gauge shotgun, Christmas presents consisting of cologne clothing other gift items from  Westwind Dr., money, vera bradley coin purse from Dr. Hall rd, Glock 43 pistol from  Richwoods rd, all stolen from unlocked vehicles sitting in driveways.

In these cases suspects go car to car checking vehicles to see if they’re unlocked. From the several suspects we have identified and the individuals that we have arrested stated that if the vehicle is locked, they pass it by and move to the next vehicle. If the vehicle is UNLOCKED, personal property is stolen.

Investigators said items that have been taken include cash, laptops, cell phones change, purses, wallets, checkbooks, credit cards and firearms. Investigators state that not leaving anything in plain view, such as a purse also decreases your chance of being a victim.

Sheriff Box encourages residents to be aware of their neighborhoods and report suspicious people and vehicles.  It’s always helpful if residents write down the license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles and report it.  Please remove valuables and lock your car doors. This easiest way to prevent a crime from occurring is to removing the opportunity for it to occur.

Anyone with information can call the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office at 731-285-2802, press 1 for dispatch, 911 for emergencies or callers that wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (731)-285-TIPS (8477).