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Unlocked Vehicles Remain a Serious Issue for Nashvillians

5/20/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A recent rash of vehicle burglaries, many unlocked, led to thieves acquiring victims’ garage door openers which resulted in home break-ins.

Additionally, a review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville from Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16, shows that 74% of the automobiles taken (35 of 47) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Five of the 47 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present.

During this reporting time period, a total of 14 guns were stolen from vehicles; seven of those vehicles were left unlocked. So far this year, 275 guns have been stolen from vehicles.

The police department’s continuing PARK SMART campaign strongly urges citizens to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables---including guns, and REMOVE THE KEYS.

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