Friday, January 26, 2018

PGPD Working to Stop Criminals Targeting Vehicles That Are Left Unattended While Warming Up

We know it is cold outside. And we know no one likes to step into a cold vehicle. We understand. But during these cold months, criminals are looking for the opportunity to strike when owners choose to warm up their vehicles and to leave them unattended.

So far in 2018, we have had 37 vehicles reported stolen while being warmed up. The weather has been especially cold so far this year. We are watching this issue develop in real-time and want to partner with our community to stop this type of theft from occurring, because there will be more cold days ahead. This is a 100% preventable crime. The message is “Warm up your car.  Stay in your car.  Keep your car.”

“The Prince George’s County Police Department has made arrests in several of these thefts, but we want to stop them from occurring to begin with. We are urging residents to please stay with their vehicles when they are warming up. Even if you just want to run inside for a short period of time, it’s not worth losing your car.” said Captain Ken Humble of the PGPD Special Investigation Division.

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