ACTS Emergency Shelter temporarily closes amid water damage

Water damage to the ACTS Emergency Homeless Shelter has temporarily closed the shelter. Alternative housing arrangements have been made for the 22 residents.

Staff were still assessing the damage caused by a malfunctioning sprinkler system.

For information, visit www.actspwc.org.

Manassas City police offer crime prevention tips

After a string of larcenies from vehicles last month, the City of Manassas Police Department has provided the following tips to prevent vehicle break-ins.

→Always stow items out of sight before arriving at a destination.

→Close vehicle windows and lock doors at all times. If you use a remote key, make sure the vehicle is locked before walking away.

→Leave exterior lights on overnight to illuminate residential driveways.

→Park in a well-lighted, populated area. Avoid parking where your vehicle might become concealed, such as by larger vehicles, shrubs, dumpsters or fences.

→Consider installing a car alarm.

→Take an inventory of all valuables, including serial numbers, photographs and other identifying information.

→Report all suspicious activity to police.

If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your community, call 703-257-8092.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane