Police warn of car thefts and stolen vehicles


Champaign - Police are warning the public to lock up your vehicles.


Police say several people have had their vehicle stolen from public streets and residential driveways. Over the past month, the department has taken 11 reports of stolen vehicles. Nine of those vehicles were stolen near campus.


The department is offering some tips to keep you safe:

  • Residents are urged to lock up vehicles and secure all valuables, even if you plan to be gone for a brief time (paying for gas, running back inside your home to grab an item, etc.). Thieves have been known to walk down a row of parked vehicles and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked. Once inside, the thief may decide to steal the car itself.
  • Lock your garage and vehicle before going to bed.
  • Remember to remove the key from the ignition! When we are in a hurry we might forget and leave the key in the ignition.
  • Do not leave a vehicle on and unattended.
  • Never leave windows open or cracked in unattended vehicles.
  • Use your alarm or anti-theft device upon exiting your vehicle.
  • Do not leave a spare key in or under your car. Thieves know where to look for that spare key.
  • Park in a public place with plenty of light


Victims of stolen vehicles should immediately call 9-1-1 to make a report.

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