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Published on January 22nd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Sheriff Warns of Warming Your Unsecured Vehicle

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott warns citizens that car thieves are targeting idling vehicles. The Sheriff stated that during colder temperatures, it is not wise to start your vehicle, and then return to the house while it warms up – this could lead to motor vehicle theft.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that while you feel you may only be gone for a few minutes, it only takes seconds for a criminal to steal your car. The Sheriff stated that thieves look for opportunities, and during the winter months, this type of crime becomes more prevalent. The Sheriff stated that since Friday, January 15, 2016 though Thursday, January 21, 2016, eight cars have been stolen in this manner.

The Sheriff stated that the additional concern is this crime occurs during the morning hours; when students are waiting for their school buses. The Sheriff stated that criminals steal these cars and take off at a high rate of speed, with no regard for our children or anyone else who may be on the road.

Sheriff Leon Lott states that if you must leave your car idling have a remote start installed. You can start your car remotely while it’s locked, it also requires a key be in the ignition before it can be put into drive. This will make it harder for thieves to steal.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that anyone with information on criminal activity or the identity of those responsible should call, email or text your anonymous tip to:

Text “TIPSC plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1000.

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