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Hide, Lock, Take: Fighting Auto Theft with Awareness

Many of our transit passengers leave their vehicles parked at one of our many Park & Ride locations before hopping on sbX or the bus to complete their trip. The Omnitrans Safety & Security team is taking action to help Omnitrans passengers avoid being victims of vehicle burglary by following three easy steps: Hide, Lock, Take.

Every two minutes, a car is broken in to in the United States, resulting in a reported 721,000 auto thefts nationwide each year. Of those thefts, over 80% had the keys left in the car. To combat this problem, Hide Lock Take (HLT) was started in 2004 with the Dallas Police Department and the Central Business District. Since then, those organizations with “Hide Lock Take” awareness have lowered vehicle crimes 40-90%.

New signs installed in Omnitrans parking lots remind passengers to practice these vehicle theft-prevention methods.

FACTS:

  • Every year there are 721,000 auto thefts nationwide.
  • It’s illegal to leave your car running unattended 80% of auto thefts occur when keys are left in the car.
  • Criminals will watch a car for days before acting.
  • Criminals look for shopping bags, electronics, & purses. Most cars can be opened in 3 minutes with a coat hanger.

TIPS:

  • Park your car in well-lit areas and nearest to street or entrance.
  • Remind yourself and others to Hide Lock Take.
  • Identify your valuable by making it with a number on it.
  • Always call security and never approach a suspicious person.

Vehicle crimes are at an all-time low but the criminals are not. The reason is you! As you become aware of your belongings and lock your cars, you prevent vehicle related crimes. Take part of the Hide Lock Take program at work, home, and everywhere else!

Loma Linda Park-and-Ride Paving Complete

In October, crews were busy at work in Loma Linda to finish major paving activities, including the park-and-ride lot just south of Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard. This is one of four park-and-ride locations along the sbX corridor and it is a key location that will connect riders in Loma Linda and Redlands to other station locations in San Bernardino. Park-and-ride station benefits include:

  • Bus shelters to protect from wind, sun and rain
  • Digital message boards
  • Emergency telephones
  • Electronic ticket vending machines
  • Closed circuit videos for safety
  • Solar powered lighting

Major activities throughout Loma Linda in November include station lighting installation and data and video communication system installation.

–  Kelly Koehler
(kkoehler@westboundcommunications.com)

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