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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges caution when leaving valuables in vehicles

June 9, 2018 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Written by Leon Roberts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersLancaster, TN – As the summer recreation season gets into full swing, Center Hill Lake becomes a popular destination for many Middle Tennessee residents. The lake’s 18,220 square miles of water, multiple campgrounds, marinas, and recreation areas are a significant attraction for tourists, locals, and… criminals alike.

Over the past month Center Hill Lake has seen an increase in visitor activity as well as over 15 motor vehicle break-ins at various locations, including Hurricane Marina, Edgar Evins State Park, Buffalo Valley Boat Ramp, Big Rock Market, Happy Hollow Boat Ramp, and Betty’s Island Boat Ramp.

When out this summer for recreational activities, be careful about leaving valuables in vehicles, especially in plain sight. (Mark Rankin)

When out this summer for recreational activities, be careful about leaving valuables in vehicles, especially in plain sight. (Mark Rankin)

All break-ins have occurred during daytime hours at relatively busy locations. Unattended vehicles with visible valuable items such as purses and wallets have been targeted. In each case, the window was broken with a crowbar and visible belongings stolen.

In light of these incidents, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District encourages lake-goers to use caution when heading out on the water. If any valuables must be left in the vehicle, be sure doors and windows are locked and belongings are placed in a secure location that is not visible.

If a crime is witnessed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges visitors not to engage the culprit, but instead call 911 immediately. Visitor safety is paramount to Center Hill Lake staff both on and off the water.

Anyone with knowledge of the break-ins are encouraged to call the Corps Watch Hotline at 866.413.7970 with any information that could aid in the prosecution of persons committing crimes against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive up to a $1,000 reward for their assistance.

For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, visit the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil/, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and www.facebook.com/centerhilllake, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps

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