July 01, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Preventing auto theft with simple tips

Criminals are often opportunists. When citizens allow a crime to be easily committable, a criminal is more likely to take advantage of that opportunity. SPD has received calls for approximately 30 stolen vehicles in the past month where victims left the keys in the car.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, car-related thefts are among the most common offenses requiring a police report. Most of these occur when the car is parked on the street or in the driveway of the home. Often, these vehicles are not even locked. Other times, car owners may leave the key in the ignition while making a quick run inside a convenience store. This is never a safe idea, no matter how quick the trip may be.

During summer months, some people choose to keep their garage doors cracked open for ventilation or simply forget to close them at night, offering thieves easy access inside the garage where keys may also be accessible.

To avoid auto theft, consider the following prevention tips:

Remove the keys from the vehicle and always lock the doors. Twenty percent of all vehicles stolen have the keys left in them.

If someone is going to attempt to steal your vehicle, do not make it easy for them.

Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
Release authorized by: Lt. Kevin Grizzell

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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