The Joliet Police Department reminds citizens to take extra precautions to reduce opportunistic vehicle burglaries. You can do your part by following these tips:
- Remove valuables such as electronics, credit/debit cards, wallets, GPS units, and cellular phones. There has been a sharp increase in credit/debit card theft during vehicle burglaries.
- If you cannot remove valuable items, keep them out of plain view. Use parts of the vehicle not as commonly burglarized, such as the trunk or similar compartments less likely to be found. Do not hide items in the glove-box or center console as those are places burglars routinely check right away.
- Make it a habit to lock your doors each time you leave your vehicle, including while you are at home. Most vehicle burglaries happen in residential areas.
- Close your windows or convertible roofs.
2019 City of Joliet Vehicle Burglary Statistics:
- 430 reported vehicle burglaries.
- 87% of the 430 vehicles had their doors UNLOCKED, and had required no forced entry.