Crime Prevention

Serving the Community
As a "Community Oriented Policing" agency, it is the the goal of the Leesburg Police Department to keep our community informed of any special concerns or law enforcement issues. These concerns may range from criminal activity to general safety issues.

Vehicle Burglaries
During the past several months, we have seen a high number of burglaries to parked vehicles. However, the majority of the burglaries appear to involve unlocked vehicles. Here are a few simple steps that can help reduce your risk and protect your property.

  • Lock your vehicle. Even if you're just running in the store for a moment, lock your vehicle. An unlocked vehicle is an easy target and exactly what most thieves are looking for.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. Lock your valuables in either the glove box or trunk.
  • Park in well lighted areas. Avoid parking your vehicle in dark areas on the street or at your home. Install a motion sensor floodlight in the area where you park your vehicles at home.

Bicycle Thefts
Bicycle thefts have always been a problem in Leesburg. One reason is that it is very difficult to trace a bicycle back to its original owner. Likewise, prosecution can be difficult because bicycles change hands so quickly on the street. Here are some simple steps to help protect your property.

  • Do not leave bicycles lying around in your yard.
  • Bicycles should be stored in the garage or an enclosed patio area that can be secured.
  • Secure your bicycle with a cable and lock. Even if you're only leaving it for a few minutes.
  • Register your bicycle with the Leesburg Police Department. We'll log your bicycle's serial number and stamp it with a four digit registration number that we can use to identify your bicycle. Registering your bicycle makes it much easier for us to return it should it ever lost or stolen.


Don't Get Scammed
Professional criminals are just a phone call away. They call you at home and pressure you into scams that are too good to be true. Protect yourself, your identity and your savings with these simple tips:

  • Resist pressure to make a decision immediately.
  • Keep your credit card, checking account,
  • or Social Security numbers to yourself.
  • Don’t pay for something just because you’ll get a “free gift.”
  • Get all information in writing before you agree to buy.
  • Don’t send cash by messenger, overnight mail, or money transfer.
  • Say “no thanks” and hang up the phone.
  • If you don’t want a business to call you again, say so. If they call back, they’re breaking the law.