Did you know theft of items from motor vehicles is the most common crime in Dublin?

Statistically, it's the most common crime in Dublin. Fortunately, it's also one of the easiest to prevent.

We are very fortunate to live in a safe community, but no city is immune to crime.

That is why Dublin Police officers work each day to solve and prevent these types of crime. In fact, Dublin officers recently made two significant arrests in cases related to thefts from vehicles. Those suspects remain in jail awaiting trial.

Officers can't do the work alone -- you have a role, too.

Whether you are parked in a lot all day for work, heading to the store for a few minutes or in the comfort of your own neighborhood, don't make it easy for thieves. It takes seconds for a thief to enter your vehicle, grab valuables in sight and get away.

I would ask everyone to consider these simple prevention tips:

* Remove all valuables from your vehicles including a few items you might not normally think of removing, like cell- phone chargers, suction cup mounts, garage-door openers, and even spare change.

* Lock all vehicle doors and windows each time you leave your car, and always park in a well-lighted, high-traffic area.

* Lastly, never leave your keys or key fob near or inside your vehicle.

Ultimately, everyone can help prevent thefts from vehicles. I'm happy to report that year-to-date thefts from vehicles are down in 2018.

Our officers credit much of this reduction to crime prevention efforts by Dublin residents. Remember if you see something suspicious, call the police.

Some examples of suspicious behavior could be:

* Someone going from vehicle to vehicle in a parking lot trying car doors or looking into windows.

* A person or people walking through a residential neighborhood looking into cars.

* A person you don't recognize walking out of a neighbor's garage.

If we all work together, we will continue to make Dublin a safe place to live, work and visit.

If you witness a crime in progress, call 911. If you would like to report something suspicious, report a crime that has already occurred or would simply like to speak to an officer, contact Dublin Police at 614-889-1112.

Please learn more about reducing thefts from vehicles on the city website at: Dublin-OhioUSA.gov/living/dont-lose-it-be-smart-stay-safe.

Dublin Chief of Police Heinz von Eckartsberg submitted the City Notes column.