KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Stress Basic Crime Prevention Measures in Light of Recent Auto Burglaries

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Stress Basic Crime Prevention Measures in Light of Recent Auto Burglaries
DATE: April 27, 2018
The Kingsport Police Department has noticed a recent uptick in the number of auto burglaries being reported. These crimes are happening both in residential areas during the nighttime hours, as well as during the daytime and early evening hours in large commercial parking lots and/or event venues.

In almost every case, one of two specific factors has been present. Either the vehicle had been left completely unlocked, or a window was broken out in order to steal an item that had been left in plain sight in the vehicle. Area citizens are urged to take some basic precautionary measures to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

The first one is simple; lock your doors. Vehicles should never be left unlocked whenever parked or otherwise unattended. Second, citizens are cautioned to be extremely careful not to leave any items of real or even possibly perceived value in their vehicle, but especially not in plain sight.

And remember, the items that you leave in your vehicle may not be of actual value to you, but they still may appear valuable to a criminal and lead to a “smash and grab” type of auto burglary. Something as simple as some loose change in a cup holder or an inexpensive charger cord could lead to your vehicle being targeted.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


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