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Springfield Police Department Urges Drivers to Not Leave Running Cars Unattended

The Springfield Police Department Auto-Theft Unit is urging drivers to not leave their cars unattended while they are running. 

At least five motor vehicles have been stolen in the past week while the car was running with keys inside the vehicle.  These are crimes of opportunity and easily avoidable. 

Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood stated, “As the cold weather lingers, warming up your car and leaving it running while you grab a coffee seems harmless, but it only takes a car thief a few seconds to steal your vehicle.  We’ve seen cars stolen from both home driveways and business parking lots.  We are urging drivers to never leave their car unattended while it is running.” 

Tips to protect yourself from being a victim of auto-theft:

  • Never leave your car running unattended
  • Roll up your windows, lock your door and take your keys or key fob with you
  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight or in your car at all
  • Use a steering wheel locking device or a wheel locking device

If you are a victim of auto-theft:

  • Call the police and report the theft
  • Call your insurance company
Page last updated:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022 01:32 pm