It’s the keys: Most stolen vehicles have keys inside

A review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville from Sunday, January 1st, through Saturday, January 7th, shows that 79% of the automobiles taken (52 of 66) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves.  33 of the 66 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present.

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

Officers also urge citizens to SHOP SMART by not leaving purses or other valuables unattended in shopping carts or in plain view in vehicles, even for a very short time.  An unattended purse or wallet is an easy target for a thief.