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The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site


Theft from parked cars is one of the most common complaints received by police in residential neighborhoods. According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, these types of crimes make up some 36 percent of all larcenies reported to police. As the weather becomes warmer, thefts from autos typically increase. The Brown Deer Police Department would like to encourage citizens to take some simple steps to assist in protecting their personal property, especially their vehicles and items in them. 


Tips for preventing theft from vehicles and vehicle theft;


Ø  Lock your vehicle, close all windows including the sunroof, and take your keys.

Ø  Never hide a second key in or on your vehicle thieves know where to look.

Ø  Don’t leave valuables in plain view even charging cords or dashboard mounts for electronic items.

Ø  Don’t leave important documents such as bank statements, credit card bills or other personal information in your vehicle.

Ø  Don’t hide purses under seats or place them in the trunk.  Thieves may be watching when this is done. 

Ø  Park in well lit areas or install motion sensing devices to lighting adjacent to your driveway.

Ø  If you have a garage use it to park your vehicle when the vehicle is not in use.

Ø  Don’t leave the vehicle running unattended; it only takes a second for someone to take the vehicle. 


If there are any questions regarding these tips feel free to contact The Brown Deer Police Department at (414)351-9900.

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