(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – As the weather starts to warm up, so does the local crime rate. Idaho Falls Police have responded to at least nine reports of vehicle thefts this month. In every case, doors were left unlocked, often with the keys still in the ignition. Though all of the vehicles have since been recovered, they’re cautioning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and to keep their cars locked and secured
Here are a few tips:
» Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for “just a minute”.
» Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it’s in front of your home.
» Never leave valuables in the vehicle. If you must leave them in the vehicle, don’t put them in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight. Buy radios, tape or CD players that can be removed and locked in the trunk.
» Do not leave keys inside the vehicle at all.
» Park in busy, well-lighted areas.
» Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Don’t leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
If anyone has information regarding recent vehicle thefts, please contact the IFPD at 529-1200 or Crimestoppers at 522-1983.