STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — The Starkville Police Department would like to make the public aware of an increase of trailer thefts over the past year.
These thefts have occurred at residences, construction sites and businesses.
The trailers are various sizes but primarily sizes used to transport 4-wheelers and lawn mowers.
We ask owners of trailers to take precautions when parking their trailers.
There are several things you can do to defer a thief and protect your property.
Target hardening is a good idea since crimes of this nature are typically crimes of opportunity.
So lock them down securely (i.e. wheel locks, coupler locks) and don’t leave keys in your vehicle.
Make access to the trailer as difficult as possible.
Arm yourself with information regarding your trailer such as a record of the serial/VIN, color, make, and model and take a picture.
This will give Police important information to help track down your trailer.
Tags are very inexpensive so register your trailer.
Also, be careful when purchasing used trailers off sites such as Craigslist or an unknown seller by cross checking information.
Inspect the VIN information on the metal plate of the tongue and make certain it matches the certificate of origin.
A bill of sale does not mean the trailer is legitimate.
With your help we can put a stop to this ongoing problem.
Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Starkville Police Department at 662-323-4131.