Neighborhood Watch Alert

North Pinellas County Neighborhood Watch,

Last Thursday, 6 vehicle burglaries occurred at the YMCA in Palm Harbor between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Burglars smashed windows and stole purses, wallets, identification, credit cards and cash. Unfortunately, we see these types of crimes during the day in many public parking lots. Gyms, such as the YMCA, are often targeted because people prefer to leave personal items like purses and wallets in their vehicles rather than take them inside during their workout. However, similar burglaries have happened at county parks or beaches where people exercise or feel safe leaving such items in the car.

When possible, these items are more secure in the trunk. Many times these criminals are parked in the parking lot and watch people arrive and observe them places valuables in the back seat, where they assume they are safer. Also, simply covering a purse up with a towel or something is usually not enough to fool these types of burglars. They are brazen and have little fear of breaking windows in broad daylight for a quick and easy snatch of valuable property. Please be careful with attending parks, sporting events, gyms or even dropping off children if your vehicle is left unattended with valuables left inside. These burglars are aware that people can let their guard down for the sake of convenience and the prey on that type of action.


Deputy Charles Skipper
Crime Prevention Unit
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
10750 Ulmerton Rd. Largo, Fl. 33778
Work – 727-582-5661