Question: I keep hearing rumors about a rash of break-ins in base housing. What is Force Protection doing to keep housing residents safe?
Answer: Thank you for giving me a chance to address these rumors about basewide crime at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). I’ve heard many of the same rumors, and I’ve asked the head of Force Protection to look into it. Here’s what he discovered:
In the first nine months of 2012, there were 14 reported burglaries at NBVC. Half of these involved someone entering homes, the other half were thefts from cars and garages. Only three of these crimes involved forced entry — a removed window screen, for instance — and only five of those reporting the burglaries could confirm they had secured their possessions. In other words, garages were open and cars were left unlocked and someone just walked in and took what was there. These were crimes of opportunity.
Living on base is a safe choice for your family. You live in a gated community that is patrolled by federal police officers and requires a 100 percent identification check to enter. You can help make it even safer by making sure you take some basic precautions: Remove valuables from your vehicles and remember to lock your doors and close garages when you aren’t around. If you’re leaving for a vacation, let your neighbors know. If you notice suspicious activity, report it immediately to Force Protection at 805-982-4591 or the NBVC Quarterdeck at 805-989-7209.
This is our base, let’s work together to make it the best, safest installation in the Navy!
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