A Secret Service agent’s gun, badge, radio, flash drive, and other items were stolen from his personal vehicle parked in the 1000 block of G Street, NW Monday night. The automobile was parked near the Secret Service agency headquarters, according to a police report. The items were stolen around 4:00 p.m., shortly after the agent returned to his vehicle and noticed his back window was unzipped (the vehicle has a canvas top that can be removed).
Local residents expressed surprise that the crime was committed during the daylight hours and add a location that has a lot of foot traffic.
D.C. resident Timothy Forgan said, “I live in the Shawn neighborhood just a few blocks away from where the incident took place, and I am very surprised that someone was able to get inside a vehicle and take items out of it and people are still unable to give a good description.”
Anothe D.C. resident commented that the area has several video cameras recording People’s movement around that part of town so they believe the person will be caught soon.
While the victim might be unique, every day in the District of Columbia an estimated 18 vehicles are stolen, and several more are simply broken into. The most common reasons are items are visible or the vehicle appears to be unlocked. The Metropolitan Police Department recommends residents and visitors to the District can take a few steps to make their car or automobile less interesting to thieves.
- Don’t leave your car unlocked or keys in the ignition.
- Park in a well lit (or well trafficked) area.
- Always turn on your car alarm, or use a steering wheel lock.
- Make sure all the windows are rolled completely up.
- Keep all valuables and objects out of plain view.
Don’t leave your engine running.
MPD also recommends these measures to preventing auto thefts:
- The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables “outta sight.” Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or small electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, GPS, etc.) in your car in plain view. Take theses items with you, or secure them — all the time, every time!
- If your car has a trunk, use it. Put valuables in there or in a locked glove compartment. Hiding items under seats is better than leaving them in plain view, but securing them inside the glove compartment or trunk is a far better deterrent.
- During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors.
- Also, keep your car doors and windows locked — all the time!