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Carthage Police hope to reduce theft across neighborhoods

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The Carthage community is utilizing a new program to reduce the number of thefts around neighborhoods. The police department found a new way to keep thieves away from valuable property...and officials say, it's been working.

It only takes a second to do.....but it could save you a lot of hassle down the road.

Police Chief Greg Dagnan says "If people would do two things...lock their cars, and hide their valuables, it would certainly reduce our number of thefts probably by 30 or 40% if people would just do those two things."

Which is why the Carthage Police Department is taking action...with their "Larceny Reduction Program".

"Larceny is basically any theft. By Missouri statue, is just considered larceny" says Dagnan.

When it comes to larceny...The Carthage police department says it's all too common, unlocked cars....Meaning a thief could walk right up to your car and steal anything valuable you have inside, such as insurance cards or personal items. So when it comes to keeping your things safe, Carthage police department recommends one thing...Always, keep your car locked.

Officer Mike Hole, a patrolman for the Department explains ""What we do at night....we'll go down which ever block it is, and just check every car and see if its locked or not. If it is, it's good to go, but if it's not, we'll try to contact the owners of the house." as we drove throughout neighborhoods.

Once something is found out of the ordinary...a notice is left on your door. It doesn't mean you're in trouble...simply, a warning that your property could be at risk if a thief does strike.

Most items stolen from cars have the highest value... Items like cell phones, GPS' and purses can be valued at hundreds of dollars...even more if your wallet that contains credit cards or cash is stolen.

"I think most people don't maybe don't realize just how many thefts we do have, how many larceny's we do have. Everybody thinks it's not going to happen to them, So the fact that hey a police officer is out here, he noticed that my stuff is vulnerable to be stolen, maybe someone else would too." says Dagnan.

Carthage police say placing the flyers is not an invasion of property...But if you would not like your property to be included in the search, you can simply give them a call and request the officers to avoid your home.
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