Plum Drop: News You Can Use!
Today’s Plum Drop errs on the side of caution. On August 16, 2016 the Missoula County Police Department posted a message on their Facebook page about an increase in vehicle break-in reports that they are filing. It is noted that in some of the vehicle break-ins, the thieves were taking only the insurance and the vehicle registration. Although the Police Department informs that they are patrolling the neighborhoods at night looking for this specific type of crime; they do advise that local residents “secure your vehicles, take valuables out, and secure your documents if possible”.
The Broken Windows Theory is a criminological theory introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. The theory proposes that a building with broken windows will eventually give the perception that no one is in charge. Then vandals will break more windows, or even break into the building, and that’s when lawlessness is normalized. Or contemplate a piece of trash on the pavement. When a small piece of trash lays there long enough, others decide that they too can throw trash on the ground. Soon, the streets are littered with filth. The concept of the theory is that small infractions may seem insignificant, but can lead to serious issues.
Even though vehicle break-ins may seem minor, it is still a criminal activity that will lead to major crimes if allowed to fester. Let’s all work together to disseminate this message throughout our community. If you are part of a neighborhood watch or suspect criminal activity is occurring, it is encouraged that you contact authorities. For emergencies or in-progress crime activity please call 9-1-1 or call the Missoula police desk at (406) 552- 6300. For non-emergency crime reporting you can fill a form out online at http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/FormCenter/Police-Department-5-5/Criminal-Report-70-70 or to leave an anonymous tip call Mt Crime Stoppers at (406) 721-4444. Always remember to never intervene. If you are interested in information for neighborhood watch for your community, you can call (406) 552- 6335 or visit this link http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/1583/Neighborhood-Watch
Key Takeaway: Car thefts are up, so put it (valuables, documents) up and lock it(car) up.