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8/4/2012 9:45:00 PM
Burglars target unlocked vehicles in Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley police seek the public's help identifying suspects in several recent vehicle burglaries. Officers have learned a large majority of those occurred through unlocked vehicle doors, Officer Paul Dunn said.

"Please be diligent in locking the doors to your vehicles and removing the keys, as well as locking the doors and windows to your residence," Dunn said.

If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, contact the Prescott Valley Police Department immediately at 772-9267. If you have any information about the recent burglaries, call Yavapai Silent Witness 1-800-932-3232.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: Double Clutch

Nothing good comes from vehicles, EVER.

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Prescott Valley creeps me out.

I hate to even drive through it. Reminds me too much of California, or the Valley, I guess.

And then, there are those speed cameras...

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Article comment by: CASEY SLIGER

LOL im sure glad to be out of P.V. my car was jacked at least 10 times while living in P.V. off of Tru wood the cops never did a thing and probabily wont its probabily their kids doing it...

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tricia C

Ha ha, it depends on what your trying to get out of dressing provocatively whether it's proactive or not. But the mindset is the issue. I hate the blame the victim and create more victims to feed back to the machine mentality. Obviously locking doors help, but let's face a little truth bank volts, locks on doors, threats of guns & violence and prison, even the perpetrator already having a wealth of assets has never once deterred a hardened thief or con artist. Ever.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Crimes of Opportunity

TO: Tricia Cable

Your comparisons are kind of a stretch, don't ya think? We're not talking about provocatively (not proactively, sheesh) dressed women or weightlifters or police officers. We're talking about something as simple as locking a car door possibly preventing a theft. Is that really asking too much of someone?

Can we have at least one reasonable conversation without you taking it to esoteric extremes, Tripetta?

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Daddy dave

I don't lock my convertible because it costs more to replace a cut top than replace what someone might steal. That being said, I'm guessing that people are looking for guns or something to pawn for a quick drug buck.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: More Security

Lock your doors, take your keys, and put up security cameras. If you have a garage, use it for your car, not junk! Security cameras work great. I had them installed on my home in New Mexico and it helped with a number of car thieves in our own neighborhood. Caught On Tape!!!!!!

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tricia C

In regards to Dr's & personal trainers, I would guess if they were going to spend their time being miserable about helping than yes, they probably should find another career. Once again, if a thief wants your stuff badly enough no lock is going to stop him. I personally know how to get into the (LOCKED) older pickup trucks via side vent window & a file & from there bypass the ignition interlock device by popping a screwdriver, uh, okay nuff said. I've never illegally used this knowledge, my Dad taught me after losing his truck keys when locked out of his own truck. Point is thief's do carry lock sets that are often quite elaborate, I guess if we all don't care for attack dogs & Ruger's (we are still than using the self same logic) and are there for asking for it is my point the logic (or lack there of) is exactly the same.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

I remember when my daughter was young. When we went to church she ask one day why I locked my truck while at church. I replied, remember the line, "Lead us not into temptation"?

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: LE Supporter

This is called Community Policing folks. The cops aren't blaming victims and they are not saying they can't do their jobs. It is the responsibility of a whole community to take care of each other and help the police by calling when they see something suspicious so they can do their jobs.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Really .

Thanks, Obama.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: pablo noname

@Tricia C, no one is suggesting that a woman wearing a "sexy" outfit is asking to be raped, however, if you don't do things to secure YOUR house or vehicle, it is not the fault of the Police that YOU were too lazy or stupid to do so, just as it is not McDonald's fault that someone weighs 700 pounds. I guess personal trainers and doctors should find a different career too.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Tricia C

It really doesn't matter if you lock up everything drum tight or not, if someone is so inclined to steal they will find a way anyway, that said yes one should lock things up, but do they share blame, no that's about like saying a woman who dresses proactively deserves to be raped or a man who is muscular deserves to have people coming up to him & wanting to fight to prove how tough he is, because of course, if he did not want to fight than he should not have lifted weights and trained to be strong... Or maybe like saying that if the police did not want to have to deal with someone else's problems than perhaps they should have chosen a different career path.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: pablo noname

Kinda makes you wonder why there are locks on the doors of cars and houses?????

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Crimes of Opportunity

People still leave their cars unlocked? Really?

I'd say the victims share a little culpability here. (Yes, I'm blaming the victims a little, but no I'm not excusing the criminal's behavior.)

Lock up your stuff, already. The cops have better things to do than clean up after you because you didn't feel the need to take simple steps to protect your property.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Letendre

As a resident of PV near Spouse, unit 19 area. I can say one of my neighbors car was victimized and when I lived in Unit 14, my car was broken into a few years ago. These theives just want the easy buck, I just wish they would find better things to do with their time.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: P V CITIZEN

I don't know about the rest of the citizens out there, but Prescott Valley covers a LOT of ground... would be nice if the Police or the reporters included the whereabouts of these thefts.... even though i always lock my doors to my vehicles whether i am at home, at work, or just out running errands....

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: orin staley

Glad to see a little crime reporting here in the Courier. It helps all of us to be aware of what is happening, not just press releases about arrests made.

I believe both the police and the Courier do not want the public to know just how much crime there really is in the area.

Most other community newspapers actually publish synopses of police reports, whether arrests were made or not. We all know there are many more reports than arrests.

No, I am not slamming the police on that. It is just a fact of life.

But, I honestly believe that if a crime is reported and published, the public will be more aware, and help prevent repeats and maybe even provide tips to the police to aid solving and arresting.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

Why does society not promote moral behavior? Why does the US have such a dysfunctional society? The lawyers, police and politicians want disorder and chaos. It justifies their existence.
The government uses threats and coercion to get its way all the time. The government is no better than a gang of thugs threatening when we refuse to comply with their immoral conduct.
Why can't we live in a society where individuals and their property is respected. There ARE societies where you can leave a Rolex on the sidewalk and no one touches it. If they do, it is to turn it into the authorities. The PVPD used to use the threat "Lock it or lose it." This was supposed to be a proactive slogan that comes across as a promised threat. Considering police cannot protect ANYONE oR Anyone's Property, it shows their ineptitude.

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