TURN OFF THE CAR: Vehicle thefts declining in Mobile, but most are a crime of opportunity | Mobile County Alabama News

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

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MPD: 496 auto thefts in the city, over half were crime of opportunity | Mobile County Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – So far this year, the Mobile Police Department reports a total of 496 vehicles stolen throughout the city.

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.

The Auto Theft Unit describes the suspects stealing vehicles in this fashion as opportunist criminals. They saw an opportunity to commit a crime and took advantage of the situation.

Of the total number of auto thefts, 228 vehicles were taken due to the driver leaving the keys in the vehicle

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West Alabama Works Planning Mobile Career Development Events

TUSCALOOSA, AL. — West Alabama Works announced this week it will bring its career development services to communities across the region from Oct. 6-16. The road trip will make stops in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties in the hopes of boosting employment fortunes in underserved areas.

West Alabama Works says its mobile workforce units will be used to assist attendees applying for jobs or training opportunities. Additionally, the outreach team will help attendees enter Career Connect, West Alabama Works’ application portal.

The workforce development group said Career Connect links those looking for work with over 16 employers in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and construction industries.

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The Best Car Insurance in Alabama of 2020

The highways and byways of Alabama lead to amazing adventures, from Huntsville’s U.S. Space and Rocket Center to the emerald green waters of Gulf Shores. But before you set out on the open road, you need to protect yourself and your vehicle with Alabama auto insurance.



a view of a city: view of Mobile, Alabama skyline


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view of Mobile, Alabama skyline

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Alabama had nearly four million licensed drivers in 2018. The Alabama Department of Transportation “ALDOT” reports that a traffic accident occurred every 197 seconds in 2018, so it makes sense to protect yourself with automobile insurance.

When you are ready to shop for an Alabama insurance company, follow the advice of the Insurance Information Institute and National Association of Insurance Commissioners:

  • Research insurance rates for the make and model of vehicle you want to buy before you make a purchase.
  • Contact as many insurance companies as possible to compare
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