Good Afternoon, Below are the latest property crimes as they were reported.
Auto Thefts:6- The auto theft occurred at the 2600 block of Central Ave NW, 4000 block of 4th St NW, 700 block of Barelas Ct SW, 2400 block of Rio Grande Blvd NW, 1800 block of Central Ave NW and the 4300 block of Yale Blvd NE.
There are people riding bicycles throughout our neighborhoods looking for running unoccupied cars to steal. Please do not leave your car running unattended. When you are going to the gym do not lock your keys in the gym locker keep them with you to prevent thieves from stealing your car. If you have an older model car the security devices are easier to defeat. Consider adding a steering wheel or pedal inhibitor. These devices prevent the steering wheel from being able to move or the pedals from being operated independently. Also an electronic kill switch is a great way to prevent anyone from taking your car. If the key with the chip is not present the car stalls when put in gear. Do not leave keys in an unattended unlocked vehicle.
Auto Burglaries: 2- The point of entry for one for the auto burglaries was by vandalism and one by unknown methods. The auto burglaries occurred at the 800 block of 5th St NW and the 600 block of Central Ave NW.
LOCK your doors. Please do not leave items of value or PERCEIVED value in your car. Take them with you or if you need to leave them, lock them in the trunk. PLEASE do not leave firearms in your vehicles unattended. We have had 0 firearms taken this week so far.
Commercial Burglaries: 0
If you see anyone hanging around outside a closed business please call 242-2677.
Residential Burglaries: 1-The point of entry for the residential burglary was by forced entry. The residential burglary occurred at the 1100 block of 8th St SW.
When you move into a house or apt ensure you change the locks or have the leasing agency change the locks. Ensure you lock the doors to your house prior to leaving. Check the length of the screws holding your door hardware together if they are shorter than three inches replace them with longer screws. This will strengthen the security measures holding your doors shut. Put items of value away and not in plain sight when you depart your house. This will reduce the opportunity for a criminal to see these items from an open window. Signage can be a great visual deterrent; anything that gives a criminal a moment of pause and makes them rethink whether or not they want to target your house is a good thing.
Let go app Trust and Safety Tips
Courtesy of: https://us.letgo.com/en/safety
Our number one priority is and will always be our users’ safety and satisfaction. We want you to have a great experience buying and selling on letgo, so take a look at the tips below before you start hunting for a laptop or sell that bike you never use anymore:
- Meet in person and use cash to complete a transaction, and choose a public place to exchange payment and items, like a coffee shop, supermarket, mall, or your local police station’s parking lot. Be wary of users who are unable or refuse to meet face-to-face to complete a transaction, those who insist on dealing with something other than cash and those who ask you to mail payment for an item. Don’t send payment to someone you haven’t met in person and don’t buy something without seeing it first.
- For larger items like furniture, you may sometimes need to meet a buyer/seller at home. We strongly recommend having someone else with you in these cases.
- Don’t use personal, certified or cashier’s checks, and never wire money (e.g., Western Union) to another user. If you decide to use PayPal, make sure to protect yourself against fraud by being aware of the most common PayPal scams.
- Beware of users who make unusual requests/suggestions, e.g., if a buyer insists on sending a check for more than the asking price (this is part of a common scam on many sites.
- There are millions of great deals on letgo, but be wary of items with unrealistically low prices, spammy descriptions, catalog photos, or other photos that obviously haven’t been taken by the user. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- The best way to complete a transaction is to exchange the item and pay at the same time. Never transfer funds or use a debit card/check to pay someone in advance as this makes you more vulnerable to scams.
- When receiving payment in cash, verify that the bills you receive aren’t counterfeit. Read the Federal Reserve’s tips on how to recognize authentic currency here.
- Don’t trust users who aren’t verified, make requests that are out of the ordinary or who send messages that seem spammy. Buy and sell locally as much as possible, avoiding users who are overseas or in another city/state and ask to ship items.
- If you’re unsure about someone’s identity and want to verify that they are who they say they are and are really located in your area, it may be helpful to give them a short phone call before arranging to meet or to look them up online.
- Never give out your personal financial information to make or accept a purchase.
- Avoid certified/cashier checks and money orders as these methods may leave you unprotected from scammers.
- We recommend communicating with other users only via letgo’s in-app chat feature.
- If you have any doubts about a user’s authenticity or suspect they may be scammers or spammers, find another seller/buyer. There are millions of them on letgo!
- Always check a seller’s profile page (the same goes for potential buyers).
- Make sure information on the condition of the item, price and payment method is clearly outlined and agreed upon prior to meeting. If a user can’t answer basic questions clearly about the item he/she is selling, find a different seller.
- Before paying for something and completing the transaction, inspect the item and check that everything matches the seller’s description.
- Test an item to make sure that it works properly before purchasing it, especially if you’re purchasing electronics, a car, a bike or something similar.
- Note: When purchasing a vehicle, always verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) and consult third party sources that can check the vehicle’s history for theft, damage and identification. Certain phone carriers also provide this service at their stores and will be able to tell you if the phone has been reported stolen.
- letgo uses a combination of human and artificial intelligence to help keep our platform safe and fun to use, but we also ask our community of users to help by flagging inappropriate content or users. If you believe another letgo buyer/seller is offensive, spammy, a scammer or attempting to deceive users on our app, please report this user immediately so we can investigate further and take appropriate action, which may include blocking that user. Our goal is to keep letgo 100% free of scams and spam, and we appreciate your cooperation with this! If you are defrauded by a user or feel your personal safety is threatened, contact your local police department immediately.