Don’t want your car stolen? Don’t leave your keys in it

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Gracie Fusco

TUSCALOOSA – WVUA 23 confirmed several car break-ins and thefts in the recent weeks. One thing most of them had in common: the cars were left unlocked and sometimes the car was left running.

Residents at the Cottages at Lake Tamaha in Tuscaloosa took to social media to complain about the recent break-ins and car thefts.

WVUA 23 checked with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, and they said there’s been a 12.4% decrease in car thefts since 2021. But those numbers are always changing.

The most recent numbers show 439 car break-ins in Tuscaloosa since Jan. 1.

No matter the numbers, the advice is the same, said Sergeant Kip Hart of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

“Typically what we see is, when they are stolen they are left running or they leave the spare key or push to start spare key in the vehicle,” Hart said. “It’s rare we see them hot-wired like we used to. So be mindful of locking your doors and making sure your spare key is with you. And of course, if you do misplace it and are concerned, you can always look into the option of reprogramming it.”

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