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Lake County Sheriff’s Office Alert on Stolen Vehicles and Preventive Measures

Fri October 18 2019 10:58 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=579408
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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Friday October 18, 2019 informed people about the methods thieves use to steal vehicles, and urged the community to follow basic crime prevention steps to avoid becoming the victim of a stolen vehicle crime.

In 2019, over 60 reports have been made within the jurisdiction of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office involving someone having their vehicle stolen. The figure does not include vehicle theft reports taken by municipal police departments in Lake County. In the vast majority of these incidents, the vehicle was either left unoccupied while running in a driveway, a parking lot, on the street; or the vehicle was parked, but a spare key or spare key fob was left inside the vehicle. Thieves rarely ‘hotwire’ vehicles anymore.

Vehicle thieves have been particularly active in the predawn hours, when car owners are warming their vehicle before they leave for work or school. During these times, vehicle thieves will cruise through neighborhoods looking for vehicles warming in driveways.

When a vehicle is left running or keys/key fobs are left inside the vehicle, a thief can steal it in seconds. Often times if the stolen vehicle is located by law-enforcement, the thief flees from law-enforcement in the stolen car.

Some basic tips can help reduce the chance of becoming a victim:

* Don’t leave cars running while unoccupied – even with the doors locked

* Don’t leave spare keys or key fobs in the vehicle

* Always keep your vehicle locked

* Remove valuables from your vehicle

* Keep residential exterior lighting on during the overnight hours

* Consider residential video surveillance

* Always call 911 if you see suspicious activity

Four vehicles were stolen in Waukegan and Zion this morning, and one vehicle as stolen in Cary this afternoon while the owner was at a car wash.

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