Franklin police: If we can see it, so can criminals - WKRN News 2

Franklin police: If we can see it, so can criminals


Starting this week, Franklin police officers will be taking a little time to get out of their patrol cars to put their boots to the ground.

In addition to increasing face-to-face interaction with shoppers, officers will be reminding people about the dangers of leaving valuables visible in their cars.

Officers who see overtly visible valuables in parked cars will be leaving a small calling card with a simple crime-prevention message stating, "If we can see it, so can criminals."

"If they notice a car that has valuables in it, whether it's electronics, purses, wallets, they'll leave a small note to say 'If we can see it, criminals can see it,'" explained Officer Eric Johnson.

With News 2 cameras rolling at the Cool Springs Galleria Wednesday, officers spotted purses, smart phones, GPS devices, and even bank deposit bags, all in plain sight.

"Those items are all attractive to a criminal as they're walking by the car," Johnson said.

Police say shoppers can greatly reduce their chances of being the victim of an auto burglary by simply keeping valuables out of plain sight and locking their car doors.

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