Danville Police urge public to lock car doors due to spike in thefts

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 11:41 PM EST
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Danville Police Department is urging members of the public to lock their car doors, after a recent uptick in vehicle thefts.

There have been 200 thefts from vehicles in Danville this year, a 90% increase from last year. A significant number of those thefts were able to happen because vehicles were left unlocked, according to police.

They say there’s not a large group of people stealing from cars but rather a small group stealing from multiple vehicles throughout the city.

“Typically, during the holiday season in the winter months, we do see an increase,” said Jennifer Bowles, public information officer for the Danville Police Department. “We think this is due to holiday shopping and that people are more inclined to leave items in their car. They’re shopping more and everyone knows during Christmas, people are buying gifts for their families.”

They recommend always locking your car doors and taking any valuables inside or putting them in the trunk.