By: Contributed Report
July 13, 2017 | 4:37 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Police Department is warning both homeowners and contractors working in the county to take steps to protect their valuable property following a series of larcenies targeting homes under construction.
In a statement Thursday, county police confirmed they have responded to a number of reported thefts from homes being built around Prince George over the course of the past several months, mainly around the Eagle Preserve and Meadows communities in the late night and early morning hours.
According to authorities, the thieves have been targeting a variety different of building materials.
“As a reminder, homeowners and contractors should be aware that certain measures can be taken to minimize the chance of being victimized,” the department said in a Thursday afternoon statement. “First and foremost, when taking delivery of items, they should be very securely stored or the contractor should consider security services until such time that the items can be installed and or secured from theft.”
County police also offered the following tips for both homeowners and contractors in the impacted areas and the community at large to maintain security around their homes and sites:
- Post warning signs to keep unauthorized persons off the site
- Consider video monitoring
- Do not leave tools, equipment, or supplies visible or accessible
- Use only high-quality locks—never leave keys in locks, or leave locks in an open position
- Keep neighbors informed
- Provide for nighttime lighting
If you have information about this crime or any other crime in Prince George, you are asked to call the Prince George Police Department at 804-733-2773 or Crime Solvers at 804-733-2777.
You can also text-a-tip anonymously – simply add “274637 (CRIMES)” to your Contacts list on your cellular phone and then text “igotcha” along with your message/tip.
The Prince George Journal’s News Editor Michael Campbell contributed to this report.