It's often been said that criminals aren't the smartest people. The same, so it seems, can be said about potential victims of crimes.
The Harford County Sheriff's Office has a simple crime prevention tip – locking your vehicles will keep many criminals out – that it's been trying to get people to heed.
"We take reports on a regular basis of things being stolen from vehicles – purses, laptops, gift cards, loose change. The majority are unlocked, and the items are in plain view," Cristie Kahler, director of media relations for the Sheriff's Office, said.
It seems so simple: Lock your vehicle and keep your stuff.
Getting people to follow that advice has been harder than the Sheriff's Office expected and a whole lot harder than it should be.
This is a crime that's easily preventable by simply making sure people lock their vehicles. Here's adding our voice to the Sheriff's Office: Lock the doors on your vehicles and put your belongings out of sight. It's simple and effective.