As the colder weather sets in, the temptation to start your vehicle and leave it unattended with the engine running can be a costly mistake. Chief Craig Handschuch reports that every year the police department receive reports of stolen vehicles after residents have started their cars up and have left them idling, unattended, with the keys in the ignition. He states that "Just leaving your vehicles engine running for just a few minutes while running into a store, is not only a violation of the law, but gives the opportunity for a thief to strike".
Chief Handschuch also states that newer vehicles have key fobs that do not require the owners to have to use a traditional key to either open car doors or start the engine. The simple push of a button does it all. The biggest issue with these fobs is that many vehicle owners will leave the fob in the vehicle for convenience. This allows car thief's to just enter the vehicle, push a button, and drive away. These thief's are also getting more sophisticated and are known to use technology to assist in detecting vehicles that have a fob inside of them. They simply drive down a street and use a device to send out a signal. If a fob is left in a vehicle, the vehicles lights will flash and the thief is ready to go to work.
Chief Handschuch reports that during the first three quarters of 2013, 26 vehicles were stolen in the Township. Twenty of these cars were stolen with the keys or key fobs in them. Chief Handschuch stated "The police department has been successful in recovering some of these vehicles and our detectives have made several arrests. In addition to extra patrols with marked and unmarked police vehicles, technology, such as our automatic license plate readers, have been deployed to help to combat these thefts". He also added that citizens should be alert of any suspicious activity observed and to report it immediately to the police department.
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