The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this week sent a reminder for residents to secure their vehicles and remove valuable items after a rash of larcenies from vehicles in the Sterling and Ashburn areas.
In the recent cases, thieves targeted vehicles on Weatherburn Terrace, Wake Terrace, Warburton Bay Square, Woodboro Terrace, Woolcott Square, Sound Square and Willoughby Square in Sterling. On Saturday, a juvenile and an adult male were apprehended after they were found to be entering unlocked cars in the area of Mandalay Court in Ashburn.
In all of the recent cases, the vehicles were entered without any signs of force or physical damage and were believed to have been left unlocked. In addition to locking their doors, residents should remove all valuables and items such as garage door openers, or put the items out of sight—inside a lockable glove box or trunk. Vehicles with integrated garage door openers should be parked inside the garage.
The Crime Prevention Unit also encourages residents to register valuable items with the manufacturer and record the make, model and serial numbers through Operation Inventory, a prevention-based program intended to help curb thefts. The information can help law enforcement to recover stolen property.