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Grand Rapids Police Department MI
Friday September 13th, 2019 :: 10:59 a.m. EDT

Advisory

West MI has seen a 25% increase in stolen autos for 2019. Here's why and how to protect your property.

Stolen vehicles are on the rise throughout West Michigan. 

The Combined Auto Theft Team, funded by the Automobile Prevention Authority, is encouraging residents to lock their vehicles and secure vehicle keys.

There have been several recent noteworthy burglaries of cell phone stores, gun shops, and party stores.  The suspects in many of these incidents have used stolen cars to facilitate the criminal activity.  Cars are being stolen for the sole purpose of committing these crimes.
In nearly all instances, thieves were able to steal the cars because the cars were left unlocked with keys or key fobs inside.  In other incidents, automotive businesses were entered where keys were unsecured and easily accessible to the criminally-minded subjects.
The Combined Auto Theft Team has seen a nearly 25% increase in stolen motor vehicles compared to last year.  These numbers appear consistent throughout West Michigan. 

All leads are being followed regarding the stolen vehicles and burglaries to bring the suspects to justice.  We are asking community members to contact local law enforcement or Silent Observer at www.SilentObserver.org if you have any information on these incidents and to report any suspicious people to law enforcement.

Please lock your vehicles and secure your keys.
 

Address/Location
Grand Rapids Police Department MI
1 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 616-456-3400

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