What is larceny?

Larceny is when a person takes, obtains or withholds property from its owner. Examples include: theft of bicycles and automobile accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.

Most larcenies take place if criminals have easy access and little risk of being caught. YOU can change this equation with some common behaviors and habits!

Remove the opportunity:

● Never Leave your items unattended
● Always lock your car
● Keep vehicle windows closed when parked
● Always lock your bike
● Always lock your house/apartment
● Remove valuables from plain view and vehicles
● Don’t allow others access to your keys
● Don’t loan property to others that you don’t know or trust

Prevention Tips:

● Secure ALL personal property
● Secure ALL work related property
● Write or engrave identifying marks on your property
● Keep serial numbers to property in a safe place
● Use anti-theft devices (alarms, car club, wheel locks)
● Always look at the people around you
● Be aware of your surroundings

Call the non-emergency Telephone Crime Reporting (T.C.R.) number at (313) 267-4600 to make a police report over the phone if you observe any suspicious persons or activities in your neighborhood.

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