The Winchester Police Department says an awareness campaign they kicked off before the holidays was a major success.
In November, the department launched “Combat the Cat – Lock it Tight or Risk the Swipe!” in order to educate residents and shoppers about the risks of leaving vehicles unlocked and unattended.
From November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, the WPD received seven reports of theft from motor vehicles. During that same time period in 2017, the number of reports received was 20, and 22 reports were received in 2016.
“We’re going to continue this campaign as we move into residential areas, because certainly that’s where a lot of the remainder of the year it’s where a lot of our thefts occur,” Lt. Amanda behan of the Winchester Police Department said.
So far, the campaign efforts have included web graphics, videos, and signs that were placed in high-traffic retail areas during the holiday shopping season.