This time of year, lawn mowers and other yard tools are prime targets for thieves. For that reason, detectives in our Crimes Against Property section would like to remind you to take precautions to protect your belongings.
Here are a few tips to consider:
Keep an eye on things. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. So make sure to never leave your lawn equipment out in clear view when you’re not around.
Secure your equipment with chains and padlocks. Options are available for everything from lawn mowers to leaf blowers to chain saws.
Consider GPS tracking devices. This is a good option for larger, more expensive pieces of lawn equipment like a riding lawn mower. A tracking device will let you monitor the location of stolen equipment.
Identify your equipment. Etching your name and contact information into your equipment makes thieves less likely to target your equipment since they can’t sell it as easily.Register your equipment with the manufacturer for documentation and keep a running inventory of ALL of your belongings by using this free service: https://reportit.leadsonline.com/
In addition to protecting your property, we would also like to encourage you to report any criminal or suspicious activity by calling 911 (emergency) or 940-720-5000 (non-emergency).
For more tips, our Crime Prevention office can be reached by calling 940-720-5019.