2/16/2017 9:46:00 AM Sheriff warns of increase in auto thefts
Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department
In 2015, there were 41 auto thefts in Bartholomew County, 43 in 2016 and 11 already in 2017.
This does not include reports made to the Columbus Police Department or the Indiana State Police. In 8 of the 11 vehicle thefts reported to BCSO so far this year, keys were left in the vehicles.
"Don't make it easy for thieves to take your vehicle: keep your vehicle locked, never leave your keys in your car, close all windows and don't forget the sunroof, never leave your car running unattended, do not leave valuables in plain view inside your car, park in a well-lit area, and be aware of your surroundings," said BCSO Road Commander, Capt. Dave Steinkoenig.
Car thieves are also finding ways to gain access to dashboard systems, which once synced to a smartphone provides a repository of sensitive information.
"It isn't just a matter of losing your vehicle, people keep too many personal things in their vehicles: credit cards, banking information, billing statements, items that enable car thieves to glean enough information to assume your identity", said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.
According to the FBI, in 2015, a motor vehicle was stolen in the United States every 45 seconds.