The City of Harrisburg is currently experiencing an uptick in Auto Thefts. In the past 24 hours, Officers have responded to 7 calls regarding stolen vehicles.

All of the reports have one thing in common: the vehicles were left running unattended, with the keys in the ignition.  As temperatures remain cold in the morning, many residents are leaving their vehicles running to warm them up. Unfortunately, this creates the perfect opportunity for criminals who are also out in the early morning, looking specifically for running vehicles. It only takes seconds for them to get in the vehicle and drive away.

We advise everyone to not leave their vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition, whether or not the vehicle is running.  Spare keys and garage door openers should also not be left in the car, and children and pets should never be left unattended.

If Police come into contact with a running, unattended vehicle, they are authorized to seize the vehicle keys, secure it, and hold onto the keys until the registered owner presents themselves.  Police may also issue a $54.00 citation for Unattended Vehicles.


Incident Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (All day)

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Harrisburg, PA