The LAPD campaign aims to inform the public of burglary and theft from motor vehicles (BTFV and BFMV) and provide a few common sense steps to keep from becoming victims of these crimes. The average cost of a BTFV to each victim is roughly $1885.00.
The message is simple:
Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and take your valuables with you.
Hide It: Hide your valuables in your trunk, under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle. Ideally, take your property with you.
Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
Since this is Venice and many of us commute by bicycle rather than car, remember to take a picture of your bicycle and the serial number and keep them on file … without that? Good luck on getting it back if it gets stolen!