FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Due to the number of cars being stolen while unattended and running, the Springfield Police Department will start taking enforcement action on municipal ordinance 106-33. Specifically, “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key.”
Enforcement of this ordinance involves a municipal ticket with up to a $1,000 fine.
In 2016, car keys were left in the vehicle, or the car was left running and unattended, in 40% of the reported vehicle thefts in Springfield.
We want to encourage all citizens to be mindful of the security of their automobiles. Please lock your cars, roll up your windows and do not leave valuable items in view, and especially, please do not leave vehicles running and unattended.
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Media contact: Lieutenant Grant Dorrell
Release authorized by: Lieutenant Grant Dorrell