The Panama City Police Department is urging citizens to mitigate their risk of becoming a victim of vehicle burglary and theft by taking the following steps:
- Do not leave your vehicle unlocked.
- Do not leave any vehicle or residential keys in vehicles.
- Do not leave your vehicle running unattended.
- Do not leave purses, bank cards, check books, electronics or other valuables in view to anyone walking by in parking lots or in your driveway. Secure them in the trunk if you must leave them.
- Do not leave firearms or other dangerous weapons in vehicles. If you must leave them in a vehicle, ensure they are secured, out of view and the vehicle is locked. Responsible gun ownership is a must.
Detectives are working diligently to resolve numerous car burglaries and vehicle thefts that have occurred over the past several weeks throughout the city.
The majority of burglaries and thefts share a common characteristic in that the vehicles were left unlocked. On a few occasions, however, the suspects broke windows to gain entry. Past trends show this usually occurs when the suspect can see an item in plain view worth the risk.
If you see someone looking through vehicles or otherwise acting suspicious, call your local law enforcement agency to investigate.
The Panama City Police Department would like to thank the citizens who have prevented crime by conducting the aforementioned steps and those who have reported suspicious behavior that have led to arrests. Working together, we can make Panama City a hard target for criminal activity.
Anyone having information on this matter is urged to call the Panama City Police Department at (850) 872-3100 or they can report their tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at (850) 785-TIPS.