In an effort to reduce vehicle thefts and items stolen from vehicles, The Hannibal Police Department wants motorists to be aware, with the emphasis on encouraging everyone to lock their vehicles and to remove valuable items and the keys when leaving vehicles unattended. In more than 80 percent of vehicle thefts reported to the HPD, keys were left in the vehicle.

In an effort to reduce vehicle thefts and items stolen from vehicles, The Hannibal Police Department wants motorists to be aware, with the emphasis on encouraging everyone to lock their vehicles and to remove valuable items and the keys when leaving vehicles unattended. In more than 80 percent of vehicle thefts reported to the HPD, keys were left in the vehicle.

“As a community we need to practice crime prevention tactics such as merely removing the keys and valuables such as purses, wallets, credit cards, cash, cell phones and tools,” said Police Chief Lyndell Davis.

He added that “removing the keys and valuables won’t eliminate vehicle thefts and items stolen from them altogether; however, by simply taking these small steps we can significantly reduce the frequency of these types of crime. The Hannibal Police Department will be encouraging and reminding the public to remove their keys and valuables from vehicles by use of public service announcements and promoting the theme to lock it or lose it, and remove the keys and stop the thieves.”