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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 is unattended.

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.


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