Posted: Feb 28, 2013 12:38 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has seen a recent increase in ATV thefts.
Captain Megan Vizena with St. Landry Crime Stoppers said, "We are requesting any information you may have on these crimes, including information on vehicles or people that may seem suspicious in areas. This can include encounters with people that seemed nervous or had an explanation for their activities that did not make sense."
In addition the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office asks you to keep the following suggestions in mind regarding your ATV's:
1. Physically secure the vehicle(s) when not in use.
2. Remove the keys and store them in a different location.
3. Record the VIN, serial number, or any personally applied markings and store them in a secure location.
4. Take photographs of your vehicles, including any personally applied markings, and store this information in a secure location.
Capt. Vizena said, "Contact your neighbors when you will be gone for extended periods of time and ask them to watch for suspicious activity on or near your property."
St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers is seeking the assistance of anyone with information on these crimes.
"We are offering up to a $1000 reward in this case for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges," Vizena added.
If you have any information about this crime, call St. Landry Crime Stoppers at 948-8477 (TIPS)