With the holidays rapidly approaching, the Gulfport Police Department wants everyone to keep their belongingss as well as gifts for loved ones safe.
Community Resource Officer Zack Mills shared some tips on how to keep items secure during the shopping season.
“One hundred percent of vehicle burglaries in November in Gulfport occurred in cars that were left unlocked,” Mills said.
It is a very simple, but often forgotten way to keep you items safe: Locking your cars can help reduce theft.
“Even if the car is locked, make sure you keep your belongings out of plain view,” Mills continued. “Keeping things out of site won’t give people a reason to break your window.”
Officer Mills also has a time-tested method of keeping cars safe.
“The club is a great way to deter crime,” Mills said.
Mills explained that even seeing a club on a steering wheel will deter criminals from entering your vehicle.
Mills was also excited to announce that crime has dropped “significantly” in November.
“November has been a good month for us,” Mills said.
According to information sent by Officer Mills, nine fewer burglaries occurred in November than in October.