FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Release No. 156 Monday,
August 15, 2011, 4:40 P.M., CDT
Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams
Public Information Officer
Telephone No. (205) 254-1708
Help Keep Down Vehicle Theft and Unlawful breaking and Entering Vehicles
The Birmingham Police Department reports that a large number of vehicle thefts
and break-ins throughout the city this year are attributed to citizens leaving vehicles
unattended with the keys in the car.
Many times thieves take opportunities that are presented to them by victims
who unknowingly create ideal situations. Many car thefts and break-ins can be prevented if
citizens take the following precautions:
Never leave your vehicle running and unattended while in your home or in
a store. This has become one of the most common forms of stolen vehicles.
Park in a well lit area at night.
Equip your vehicle with an anti-theft device.
Close all windows and lock all doors.
Keep your tag number and vehicle identification number in your wallet.
Don’t leave valuables in plain view.
Don’t leave GPS mounts attached to windows.
With the extremely hot temperatures, we have had a number of thefts from
vehicles as a result of citizens leaving windows down or doors unlocked. Citizens also
allow vehicles to run in an effort allow the air conditioner to cool while the vehicle
In a large number of cases, citizens leave their keys in their vehicle as
they go into a convenience store to make a purchase or pay for gas. Remember, “This is not
Mayberry!” The public has been a huge factor in helping combat crime in the community. We
want to continue the partnership in reducing crime. If someone suspects that a vehicle
break-in or theft is taking place, contact police immediately.