Duluth Police say there are too many stolen, broken in, and vandalized cars. So much so that they are issuing a warning and giving some hints how to stop this from happening to you. Police issued a press release of guidelines.
According to the press release during the month of January, 2017, fifteen motor vehicles were reported stolen in Duluth. Of those fifteen vehicles, ten were stolen
with keys; and four of those vehicles had been left running by their owner at the time they were stolen. The keys to the vehicles stolen in Duluth were left by the vehicle owners in the ignition, in common hiding spots in the vehicle, or were stolen from inside owner’s homes by acquaintances or visitors.

To help stop thieves from taking your vehicle,  Duluth Police urge you to please follow these guidelines:

  • Always maintain control of your vehicle keys and fobs. Do not leave keys in your vehicle, even in hiding spots. Car thieves know where to look and in all likelihood, the place you think is a great hiding spot will be checked by the would-be thief.
  • In your home, store keys/fobs in a secure location. For example, do not leave them on a hook or in a bowl next to the door.
  • Do not leave a running car or truck unattended. If you want to warm up your vehicle on a cold day, invest in a remote starter which will turn the vehicle off if someone tries to enter it or drive it without the key.
  • Keep your vehicle locked with windows up, even if parked in a garage.
  • Avoid parking in remote locations, and park your vehicle in well-lit areas at night.
  • Avoid keeping valuables in your unattended vehicle. If you must keep valuable items in your vehicle, make sure they are out of sight, and in locked compartments, whenever possible.
  • Many newer vehicles have standard alarm systems or vehicle tracking systems to help deter theft and aid in vehicle recovery.

To me what it boils down to is being careful, knowing your surroundings, and being pro active when you are parking or leaving your car out while you take care of your daily activities.