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Car Theft

Cars seem to be natural magnets for criminals. Whether it be taking one for a joyride or stealing stereo equipment out of it, it's a problem that seriously plagues the streets of Longmont.

The most frequently occurring crime involving cars is criminal trespass. A criminal will target a car, either locked or unlocked, use a variety of objects to gain access, and steal the stereo, compact discs, clothing, sunglasses, as well as rifling through your glove box. Anything that may have a potential street value is fair game.

While not as frequent as criminal trespassing, motor vehicle theft is also a threat to Longmont cars. Many times the car will be recovered, but usually at a price. The interior and exterior may be scavenged for sellable parts, including the stereo, cell phone, hubcaps, tires, and/or engine parts. Or, the car may have been driven recklessly and sustained irreparable damage.

So what can you do to protect your "wheels"?
Following a few simple steps may discourage criminals from focusing on your car:

License plates are also frequently stolen and used on stolen cars involved in other crimes. Get in the habit of checking your plates when you drive. A few drops of solder on the bolts or blurring the threads can help safeguard your plates.

For additional information, you may contact the Longmont Police Department Traffic Unit at 303 - 651 - 8849.