Reno, Nevada. Sept. 18, 2014. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported a substantial drop in vehicle burglaries at County parks and trailheads during this summer’s Take ConTRoL prevention and enforcement campaign.
The Sheriff’s Office began the Take ConTRoL campaign during the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce the number of vehicle burglaries that take place at trailheads and parks during the summer months. Sheriff investigators identified a total of 54 vehicle burglaries directly related to County parks and trailheads during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Only four vehicle burglaries were reported from County parks and trailheads during the summer of 2014.
“Our strategy was to work in partnership with the public on a summer-long campaign that would reduce a known crime trend by reducing the opportunities for that crime to occur,” Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek said. “Based on the numbers, that is exactly what we were able to do.”
The 2014 Take ConTRoL action plan included:
- Increased patrol presence at County parks and trailheads during which Deputies took time to talk with park users about vehicle burglary prevention tips.
- Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members contributed nearly 100 hours of volunteer time visiting various parks and trailheads to provide park users with vehicle burglary prevention information.
- Sheriff’s Office worked with the County’s Community Services Department/Regional Parks and Open Space to install 53 signs providing Take ConTRoL information at approximately two dozen parks and trailheads throughout the County. More signs are planned for the near future.
- Local media also played an important role by helping to inform and empower the community to take steps that reduce the opportunity for vehicle burglaries while enjoying outdoor recreation.
The key messages of Take ConTRoL are:
C – Clean it Out: remove valuables from your vehicle
T – Take your keys with you. Never leave your car running
R – Report suspicious activity or crimes to the proper authorities as soon as possible
L – Lock your doors every time. Sheriff’s Office statistics show that 75 percent of this year’s vehicle burglaries involved vehicles that were left unlocked
The Sheriff's Office uses a data-driven approach to reducing crime and increasing public safety in Washoe County. Crime statistics are reviewed weekly so that Sheriff’s Office resources can be allocated where they are most needed by the community. For more tips on staying safe year round, visit the Staying Safe page at WashoeSheriff.com.