Vehicle thefts due to being left unattended

auto theftThe Wichita Falls Police Department is again reminding drivers NOT to leave their cars running with keys in the ignition and unattended.  The WFPD has recently seen an increase in these types of thefts and burglaries.  There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of losing your vehicle or belongings to an opportunistic thief:

  • STAY WITH THE CAR. It’s better to be cold for a few minutes in your car while it warms up than to be left in the cold while the thief drives it away.
  • LOCK THE DOORS. If unattended this will decrease the opportunity for the criminal to strike.
  • TAKE YOUR KEYS.  Don’t hide your keys on or in the vehicle, thieves know where to look.
  • HIDE YOUR BELONGINGS.  If leaving property in the vehicle this will also help reduce the risk of a burglary or vehicle theft.

 

 

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