Pekin police have a message for you

By WEEK Reporter

May 31, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Pekin police want your help to lower the crime rate.

On Sunday, officers left report cards on the windshields of cars parked at Wal-Mart.

The event is part of the "Hide, Lock, Take" Campaign.

A person failed if their valuables weren't hidden, their doors weren't locked or if the windows were open.

Police say one of the most preventable crimes is vehicle burglaries, and 97 percent of vehicle burglaries happen to unlocked cars.

Officers say something as simple as leaving loose change in plain sight could put you at risk.

"We have a very safe community. I think there is a 'it won't happen to me perception.' It's a crime that effects all communities, and if people could simply lock their cars and hide their valuable... It could virtually be eliminated," said Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson.

This was the first of several events to raise public awareness about the campaign.

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