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Rochester Car Thefts

March 26, 2019 07:25 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Last week, a few people fell victim to car theft after all three individuals left their vehicles unlocked, with the keys inside. 

To some that may seem like an obvious thing you shouldn't do, Officer Trevor Wahlen with the Rochester Police Department said it's more common than you think.

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"It might be more prevalent in the winter time. A lot of times people leave their cars running, with the keys in the car and the car is running unattended while they let the car warm up. But clearly, as it was demonstrated last week, it can happen any time of the year," said officer Wahlen.

 After further investigation, it was discovered that quite a few people in the Rochester area don't see an issue with leaving their cars unlocked, or even personal items in the car as well. 

According to some people downtown, it's convenient to leave their doors open, especially when you're just getting out for a second. 

"Typically I remember to lock my car, lock my door. But leaving personal belongings that might be visible in my vehicle probably is more common than it maybe should be, said Bucky Beemer.

Officials say that theft is a crime of opportunity, and when there's an opportunity nine times out of ten, it's going to be taken.

Officer Wahlen said when parking your cars even if it's only for a quick run inside the store lock your doors and make sure all personal items are either in the trunk or just take them with you.

Even though the auto thefts took place in downtown parking ramps officials say ramps are the best options for parking because most, if not all of them have surveillance.

"Even if there aren't cameras that show the crime on tape, there's a good chance that the suspect will be captured while he's driving out the ramp," said Officer Trevor Wahlen. 

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