Sikeston DPS offers vehicle theft prevention tips

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and many law enforcement officials want to make sure citizens are aware of the dangers surrounding vehicle theft.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 44% of all stolen vehicles are not found.

“It is a real inconvenience when your vehicle is stolen,” said Sgt. Tyler Rowe with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. “What we found here in Sikeston is that almost all of our stolen vehicles have been unlocked and the keys have been left in it. So what you’ve done is you’ve created an easy target for your vehicle to be taken.”

Often, these crimes happen without any damage to the vehicle.

“We work 24 hours a day and we have guys constantly out patrolling looking for people walking around the neighborhood and what we found from past cases, current cases is that subjects will just go walking up and down the street and they’ll check every door handle that they could find and if the car isn’t locked they’ll just go in.” Continues Sgt. Rowe.

Sgt. Rowe recommends a few tips to keep your vehicle safe:

  • Lock your vehicle
  • Take your keys inside
  • Hide anything of value that can be seen if someone were to walk by.
  • Park in well lit areas
  • Never leave your vehicle while its running

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety asks that if you see a vehicle being broken into, or have experienced vehicle theft yourself, to call 911.

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