Theft From Unsecured Vehicles

by MCB Camp Butler
U.S. Marine Corps

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: In 2018, there have been 11 reported thefts from vehicles off base. All thefts were from unsecured and unattended vehicles. One of the most common types of theft is theft of valuables from your automobile. Theft from auto is strictly a crime of opportunity that can be prevented if you take away the opportunity. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into autos that don’t have valuables in plain sight.

Recently, the MCB Camp Butler has recorded an increase in thefts from autos within the past two weeks, particularly in areas off base. In these instances, cars parked in town with Y Plates have been targeted. If you plan on parking your car in a neighborhood that is known for its numerous visitors, remember thieves know these areas are popular, too. Be sure to either take valuable property with you or secure it properly. Please take the precautions listed below to help ensure your auto is not targeted by thieves:

TIPS TO PREVENT THEFT FROM YOUR VEHICLE:

MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS LOCKED

REMOVE ALL VALUABLES

PARK WHERE OTHERS CAN SEE CAR AND/OR IN WELL LIT AREAS

The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, etc.) in your car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them—all the time, every time. Also, keep your car doors and windows locked—all the time!

Many off base residents perceive that Okinawa is a safe community, especially in a neighborhood with primarily Japanese residents. With this relaxed posture, many ignore common safety precautions.

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