The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) reminds parents to always secure their vehicles in school parking lots to prevent thefts. Five vehicle break-ins using similar methods of entry have occurred at East Oahu public schools in September during after-school hours. In each case, vehicle windows were broken and small items inside were stolen, including purses, bags, cell phones and laptop computers.
“Parents are reminded to be vigilant and always remove valuables or hide them from direct sight,”said HIDOE spokesperson Donalyn Dela Cruz. “Although there is normally lots of activity on campuses during afterschool hours, such crimes of opportunity can take place in seconds, especially when valuables are left in plain sight.”
Parents can take actions to make their vehicle less attractive to property theft, including avoiding leaving valuables inside in open view, locking valuables in the trunk and installing anti-theft alarm systems. Bags, such as backpacks and shopping bags, may be seen as a carrier of valuables by thieves and should be hidden from view.