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Spartanburg Police Department releases tips to prevent vehicle thefts, break-ins

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The Spartanburg Police Department is sharing some important statistics and prevention measures to help residents protect personal belongings in their vehicles and prevent vehicle related crimes during July, which the police department said is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.

Police said near a quarter of a million vehicles were broken and we are sharing information with our public to lessen the opportunity to be victimized of these crimes.

The Spartanburg Police Department said as of July 13 that they had investigated 259 stolen vehicle reports. Many of those vehicles were left unlocked with keys inside.

Police said vehicle theft is a billion-dollar crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles coming in at more than $5 billion in the US in 2015.

Below is information the National Highway Traffic Safety released for its annual “Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign.”

GENERAL INFO:

  • Passenger cars make up about 75 % of all stolen vehicles
  • Approximately 42 % of all stolen vehicles are never recovered
  • About 707,758 vehicles were stolen in the U.S. 2015; the national rate of motor vehicle thefts was 220.2 per 100,000 people
  • A vehicle is stolen about every 45 seconds in the United States

PREVENTION TIPS:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running.
  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Always stow away your valuables.

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