NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) – There’s a big reason why you shouldn’t start your car up in the driveway and head back inside while it warms up. Why? Doing so makes it incredibly easy for someone to steal your car.
“It has been cold outside in the mornings,” auto theft detectives say, “and if you leave your car running unattended, it only takes a few seconds for a thief to take your car.”
Since January 1, 2018, there have been 98 reports of stolen vehicles in Norfolk. Out of the 98 stolen vehicles this year, nearly 60% of them had either been left running unattended or had keys left inside.
The best advice in preventing your vehicle from being stolen is NOT to leave your vehicle running unattended or leave your keys inside the car.
These incidents are crimes of opportunity and can be reduced with help from the community.
Detectives encourage residents not leave their vehicles running unattended whether or not the doors are locked. Even if a car is locked, a window can be broken to gain entry into a running vehicle.
To learn more about ways to prevent auto theft, or to schedule a safety presentation at your civic league or neighborhood watch meeting, contact the Community Affairs Division at 757-664-6901 or, complete the Community Engagement Request Application.
For more information regarding crime in your neighborhood, visit Crimemapping.com.
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