Most stolen vehicles last week had keys left in them

A review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville from Sunday, January 8th, through Saturday, January 14th, shows that 87% of the automobiles taken (47 of 54) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves.

Twenty five of the 54 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.