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Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon warns about rise in car thefts, offers simple solution

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and his staff say that Lexington County and surrounding areas have seen a dramatic increase in car thefts over the last 12 months. In fact, in 2017, there were almost two car thefts per day reported to law enforcement. Investigators at the department say many have a common thread, the cars were either left running or had the keys in them somewhere when they were taken.

Recently, a spokesman for the department called most of these thefts a, “crime of opportunity.” Someone, or some group, is just waiting and watching at a store, another business, or even in your neighborhood, and if you make just one little mistake, off they, and your car, go! Even if you stop and run in the store for just a minute, your car could be taken by thieves who are ready to strike.

Now that our weather has turned cold, cranking your vehicle in your own driveway to warm the engine so that the heater is warm and toasty once you get in may be all the opportunity that a thief needs to enjoy the warm car without you, its owner. Even running back in to grab a quick cup of coffee, something you forgot like your phone or a woman’s purse, may be all the opportunity that the thieves need.

In this short video that was produced by the Sheriff’s Department, they show you through video footage from a real-life incident, just how fast your prized vehicle, or even that old clunker you use to get back and forth to work, can be literally, “Gone in sixty-seconds.”

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