Police give tips to avoid becoming a victim of car thefts

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With colder weather and the holiday shopping season approaching, the Lexington Police Department is reminding everyone to take precautions to avoid being a victim of auto thefts or thefts from vehicles.

Police want people to remember many of these crimes are committed when people are careless or distracted.

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Below are some of the police department’s considerations to help lower your chances of becoming a victim of auto related crimes:

 

Lock your doors:  Police say many criminals are looking for unlocked doors, which makes for an easy target.

Don’t leave keys or key fobs in your car:  According to police, if the key fob is anywhere in the car, the car will start. They say criminals know this and will immediately try the ignition when they get into a car.  They will also search glove boxes, under floor mats and over visors for spare keys

Don’t leave cars running unattended: Police warn many vehicles are stolen while warming up in the driveway of a home or when someone leaves them running to go into a gas a station.

Don’t leave valuables in your car:  Leaving electronics, computers or expensive items visible in a vehicle creates a criminal opportunity, according to police. They encourage you to take valuables in at night and store items in the trunk, if you have to leave them in the car while you go inside somewhere. Police plead that you never leave firearms unsecured in your vehicle.

Be aware of your surroundings:  Police caution you to watch for people or vehicles in your neighborhood that look out of place or suspicious. They encourage you to park your vehicle in well-lit areas when possible, and call them if you see someone in the area that appears to be suspicious.  They remind you that if you observe criminal activity, try to get good descriptions, license plates etc, explaining that observant citizens are often the most valuable leads when criminal activity occurs.