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Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN
Monday March 4th, 2013 :: 12:14 p.m. EST

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State Police Warn of Abandoned Vehicle Thefts

State Police Warn of Abandoned Vehicle Thefts

Indianapolis, IN- The Indiana State Police are warning motorists that experience mechanical problems on the interstate not to leave the vehicle unattended any longer than necessary.

According to Indiana State Police Indianapolis Commander, Lieutenant Jon Smithers, a recent trend has developed on the Indianapolis east side interstate system. Motorists experiencing problems have left their vehicles along the interstate and returned to find missing tires and rims. State Police have taken three theft reports of tire and rims off of abandoned vehicles within the last four days.

In order to combat these thefts and reduce the thieves’ available targets, troopers will be diligently towing abandoned vehicles when they reach the allotted time limits. Troopers will be checking abandoned vehicles at the beginning of each shift and observing for vehicles stopped with abandoned vehicles.

Abandoned vehicles on Interstates, US Highways and State Roads are required to be removed within 24 hours. Interstates inside I-465 have a two hour limit (by INDOT official action.) All other roads have 72 hours.

As in the past, if the Indianapolis District is expecting inclement weather, as is predicted this week, in order to aid INDOT with road cleaning and safety, ISP is authorized to remove all abandoned vehicles immediately if necessary.

Motorists observing what appears to be criminal activity along the interstate with abandoned vehicles are encouraged to call 911 or the Indiana State Police Indianapolis District at (317) 899-8577.

Please find below the Indiana Code for Tagging Abandoned Vehicle or Parts.

IC 9-22-1-11
Tagging abandoned vehicle or parts
Sec. 11. An officer who finds or is notified of a vehicle or parts believed to be abandoned shall attach in a prominent place a notice tag containing the following information:
(1) The date, time, officer's name, public agency, and address and telephone number to contact for information.
(2) That the vehicle or parts are considered abandoned.
(3) That the vehicle or parts will be removed after:
(A) twenty-four (24) hours, if the vehicle is located on or within the right-of-way of an interstate highway or any highway that is designated as part of the state highway system under IC 8-23-4; or
(B) seventy-two (72) hours, for any other vehicle.
(4) That the person who owns the vehicle will be held responsible for all costs incidental to the removal, storage, and disposal of the vehicle.
(5) That the person who owns the vehicle may avoid costs by removal of the vehicle or parts within:
(A) twenty-four (24) hours, if the vehicle is located on or within the right-of-way of an interstate highway or any highway that is designated as part of the state highway system under IC 8-23-4; or
(B) seventy-two (72) hours, for any other vehicle.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.10. Amended by P.L.66-1992, SEC.5; P.L.131-2008, SEC.47; P.L.54-
2009, SEC.6.



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Address/Location
Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN
8620 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 317-899-8577

Rich Myers
PIO
rmyers@isp.in.gov
317-899-8577

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