Crime Prevention Alert from the
Erie Police Department
On Saturday, October 6, 2018, between 4:30 - 6:30 a.m., 13 vehicles were trespassed in the Grandview and Sunwest neighborhoods. Of those vehicles trespassed, only 1 was locked. Purses, credit cards, ID cards, money and other items of value were stolen. Most importantly, a handgun was taken from an unlocked vehicle and the suspect(s) fired off some rounds before leaving the area.
According to the Erie Police Department, the trend for trespassers these days seem to be more organized. They work in teams where the getaway driver stays with the suspect vehicle and two or three individuals will get out of the vehicle and walk down the street trying vehicle doors. If a vehicle door is unlocked, the suspect(s) will enter the victim’s vehicle. If the garage remote is in the vehicle, they will at times attempt or make entry into the garage and residence which moves the case into a burglary.
Oftentimes, these suspects use a stolen vehicle as well as a stolen license plate. They will flee from police and ditch the vehicle.
After trespassing vehicles, if credit cards and identification cards are located, the suspect(s) quickly go use the cards before the victim even knows they have been trespassed.
The Erie Police Department would like to remind residents of the following:
- Lock your vehicles and homes. Do NOT make it easy for a thief to steal from you!
- Do not leave remotes in your vehicles parked on the street or in the driveway. Take them inside with you.
- Never leave valuables (purses, wallets, cellphones, money, etc.) in plain view in your vehicle. If you must have them in the vehicle, take them with you or lock them in your trunk.
- If you are a victim, cancel credit cards immediately. If you are alerted by your credit card company your card has been used, ask your credit card company where specifically it was used and the time. It will help police having his information.
- Criminals like to come to Erie because oftentimes residents think nothing will happen to them; subsequently, they leave their vehicles, residences and valuables unsecured.
- We teach children today “if they see something, say something”. Follow this mantra and call the police immediately.
Anyone with information regarding any vehicle trespasses or any other crimes are asked to please contact the Erie Police Department at 303-926-2800. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call Boulder County Dispatch at 303-441-4444 for non-emergency calls, or 9-1-1 if you have an emergency.