Lock 'em up

You may want to be extra vigilant about not leaving your keys in your car. According to Durango Police, vehicle theft rose 50 percent last year over 2019, with 54 cars stolen in 2020.

Although residents of small, close-knit communities think they are immune from such “big city” crimes, their complacency often makes them targets. According to police, nearly all of the local vehicle thefts could easily have been prevented by the property owner. 

Police are usually able to track down stolen vehicles, but investigations can be time consuming. Furthermore, even the best police work cannot fix damage to the vehicle or the shattered sense of security. Worse yet, having a car stolen can often result in higher insurance costs. 

Durango Police offer these precautions to help curb vehicle theft: 

• Park in safe, well-lit areas.

• Keep valuables hidden from view.

• Lock your car and close the windows. Keep all vehicle keys with you or secure in your home.

• Do not leave your vehicle running unattended. It is risky and may be illegal.

• Report suspicious activity by calling 911 for emergencies or (970) 385-2900 for non-emergencies.

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