MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — So far this year, the Mobile Police Department reports a total of 496 vehicles stolen throughout the city, a decline from the same time period last year.
They say over half could have been prevented if drivers simply didn’t leave the keys in the vehicle with the doors unlocked.
According to MPD, 57% percent of the vehicles were stolen because of drivers making the crime easy to commit. If the vehicles were spotted left running, the suspects just jumped right in and drove off. Others went around pulling on door handles and found the keys in the unlocked vehicle and stole the vehicle that way.
“Someone that is looking for an opportunity and you make it easy for them they may commit that crime when they otherwise would not because they’d have to ravage through your vehicle or they would have to find your keys in