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February 23, 2017

Press Release/ Vermont State Police/ Car Break-in Mitigation Project- VSP Williston







VSP Williston Car Break-In Mitigation Project


STATION: VSP Williston    

Corporal Andrew W. Leise            

CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111


Spring is right around the corner and there will be warmer temperatures this weekend. As part of an on-going effort to raise public awareness of car break-ins at state parks and other outdoor recreation areas, Troopers with the Williston barracks have created cards (images are attached) to directly communicate this threat to those parked at the facilities. The cards will be left on vehicles that have valuables left in plain sight from outside the car. Troopers will check vehicles for valuables such as designer handbags, purses, iPods, iPads, skis, snowboards, laptops, hiking bags, etc.  If such property is in plain view, a card will be placed on the driver’s side window of the vehicle.  The Vermont State Police Troopers have responded to multiple car break-ins in recent years, in many cases due to the ongoing heroin and opiate crisis impacting our communities.

Troopers wish to reinforce that message with this effort to help Vermonters and visitors to our state protect themselves as they enjoy our wonderful outdoors.  Troopers will continue to conduct directed patrols at hiking access points and remain vigilant to these ongoing problems.  Vermont State Parks as well as The Green Mountain Club are helping to deliver this same message of precaution. Troopers ask that if you see anything suspicious at any outdoor recreation area, to please contact your closest local Vermont State Police Barrack or call 911.