Auto thefts on the rise

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

There has been a spike in pre­ventable auto thefts through­out Bal­ti­more County.

Since July 1, there have been 84 car thefts in­volv­ing cars left run­ning and unat­tended as well as keys and spare key fobs left in ve­hi­cles. These auto thefts could have been pre­vented. Leav­ing a car run­ning, unat­tended and un­locked are what thieves look for when choos­ing a ve­hi­cle to steal.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land Ve­hi­cle Theft Preven­tion

Coun­cil, a car is stolen ev­ery 45 sec­onds. It is also re­ported that 95 per­cent of ve­hi­cles stolen did not have an anti-theft de­vice and more than 60 per­cent of car thefts oc­curred at night. Most modern cars are equipped with stan­dard an­titheft fea­tures that are ben­e­fi­cial when used.

Don’t give your car away. If a car is left run­ning and unat­tended a traf­fic ci­ta­tion may be is­sued that car­ries a $70 fine and one point on a driver’s li­cense.

Fol­low these sim­ple tips to avoid hav­ing your car stolen: · Al­ways lock your car doors. · Never leave your car run­ning and unat­tended.

· Re­move and se­cure all valu­ables.

· Never leave keys in your car. Al­ways take them with you.

· Make sure your car is equipped with an anti-theft de­vice.

Re­mem­ber, take your keys with you, re­move your be­long­ings and lock your doors.

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