AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Auburn Police Department has been investigating numerous recent motor vehicle larcenies throughout the City of Auburn as well as plenty of vehicle entries. Every one of these incidents have one thing in common: The vehicles were all left unlocked and those involving actual vehicle larcenies the keys were left inside the vehicle,
The Auburn Police Department once again reminds people in Auburn to take the simple step of locking your vehicles when you exit them and to not leave valuables in plain sight. Thieves are historically looking for an easy target as seen in numerous home surveillance videos that have been reviewed. If the car door is locked they will move on until they find one that is not.
Relative to leaving your keys inside an unlocked unattended vehicle, several of the incidents investigated recently involve juveniles stealing the vehicles for “Joy-riding” purposes. The fear is not only concerning potential damage to the stolen vehicle but also to other drivers, sharing the road with these often inexperienced and reckless drivers, The potential personal liability of someone stealing your unsecured vehicle and injuring another person should be a consideration by all who engage in the practice of leaving your keys in an unsecured vehicle.
Lastly, it is something seen by Auburn Police every day, especially when the weather turns colder. People leaving their unattended vehicles running while they go into a store to grab their morning coffee or to complete other “quick” errands. This is illegal and according to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, section 1210, “Unattended Motor Vehicle”, it could result in the vehicle operator being issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket by a police officer,
Auburn Police post this as a reminder to keep the community safe.
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