Vehicles, whether occupied or not, may be suspicious or signify a crime in progress. When you see a suspicious vehicle, try to remember the make, color, and the license plate. Write down as much information as possible.
Examples of Suspicious Vehicles:
- Vehicles being loaded with valuables may signify a theft or burglary, especially if at an unusual hour or location
- Vehicles making aimless or repetitive movements, particularly if near schools, parks or playgrounds
- Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle, especially if around schools or parks, and if juveniles are involved, could be indicative of drug dealing or the sale of stolen property
- Abandoned vehicles may be stolen
- A stranger in a car stopping to beckon a child
- Vehicles parked in remote areas may be involved with drug use or sexual assault
While some of these situations may have reasonable explanations, the Brentwood Police would rather investigate than be called when it is too late.
The following behaviors may indicate a suspicious person:
- Anyone entering your neighbor's house, when you know they are not there, could possibly be a burglar
- Someone waiting in front of a house, particularly if owners are absent
- Peering into a parked car (may be looking for a car to steal or for valuables left in the car)
- Waiting in front of, entering or leaving a business after hours may indicate a burglary
- Soliciting door-to-door, refusing to show a solicitors license, or seen peering into windows or entering side or rear yards
- Forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence, business, vehicle, etc. is suspicious under most circumstances
- Running, especially if something valuable is being carried
- Posing as utility personnel, especially without proper uniform or identification
- Loitering around schools, parks, secluded areas, or in the neighborhood
- A child resisting the advances of an adult
Your Help is Needed
- If you see a crime being committed, report it immediately and accurately.
- If you are the victim of a crime, report it as soon as possible. Even a five minute delay in reporting can significantly reduce the chance of catching the criminal.