FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sergeant Charles J. Warner
Franklin PD Public Affairs
Franklin, TN – Flowers aren’t the only things that rise in the Spring. Thefts of mowers, blowers, and weed-eaters normally increase this time of year. To keep from becoming a victim, Franklin Police recommend safeguarding your equipment when taking a break.
With the arrival of this year’s lawn maintenance season, thieves are on the lookout for unattended equipment that can be quickly loaded into a truck. The black market profitability these items bring increases demand, and thefts.
Here are a few tips that may help to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and some that could help to get your things back if they are stolen:
- Secure equipment in your garage if you go inside for a break or into your back yard.
- Record the make, model, and serial numbers of your equipment.
- Keep your garage doors down and the doors to your home locked, even when working in the yard.
- Avoid leaving highly portable valuables like purses and laptop computers in plain view in your car.
- Avoid leaving those highly portable valuables just inside of your front door where they can be easily seen.
If you see something, say something. Record license plate numbers and occupant descriptions of suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood, and then call police. Incorporating these tips, combined with a strong neighborhood network can be your best defense. For information on starting a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood, contact Franklin Police Public Affairs at (615) 794-2513.