Police issue helpful tips ahead of the Richmond Marathon

RPD says watch out for potential car break-ins

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- With large crowds expected to come to the Richmond Marathon this weekend, police have issued warnings to the public about parking their cars downtown. 

Richmond Police want to remind people to be aware of thefts and not leave valuables in their cars.

Suggestions from authorities include limiting the number of items you bring and if you leave them in your car, keep them out of sight in the trunk.

While people are participating in the marathon, the last thing you would want is something to trigger a break-in. 

If you're planning on leaving your car in a parking garage, police say the same rules apply. 

"They provide concealment and cover for thieves and for the police, it's difficult for us to detect now we do sweeps that's one of the strategies that we employ is that we have officers doing parking deck sweeps," said Lt. James Roberts with Richmond Police.  

Racing begins Saturday at 7 a.m. with the 8K, followed by the half and then the full marathon. 

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