On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Dearborn Police Department held its second annual “Lock It or Lose It” Press Conference in Dearborn. The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined Chief Haddad, corporate sponsors, and several community groups expressing support for this crime prevention initiative aiming to advance the safety and security of the city & its residents through reducing the number of larcenies from motor vehicles that occur. AHRC-USA commends DPD for such a pro-active program and urges all residents to fully cooperate and for other cities to model this initiative.
AHRC-USA joins the Dearborn Police Department’s call on residents to lock their cars or risk making it a target for crime. According to the DPD, the City of Dearborn experiences an average of nearly 700 larcenies from vehicles per year. Of those, almost 75 percent of those thefts were from unlocked cars.
The “Lock It or Lose It” program promotes easy tips for Dearborn residents to follow to make sure items are not stolen from their cars:
* Don’t leave valuables in an unattended vehicle;
* If that is not possible, lock the materials in the trunk of the car, or at least place them out of clear view;
* Always lock unattended vehicles;
* Lastly, notify police of any suspicious activity by calling the Police Non-Emergency Tip Line at 313-943-3030.
“Dearborn residents must not become easy targets,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “Working together with the ‘Lock It or Lose It’ program, we can eliminate many of these crimes.”
“Safety, security and peace of mind is a precious basic right,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC’s Executive Director. “Fighting and preventing crime is a common responsibility for law enforcement and residents,” continued Hamad.