Stolen vehicle, shooting incident prompts safety message from Rapid City Police
The Rapid City Police Department says that the vast majority of its stolen vehicle cases occur after owners leave their vehicles running to warm them up or get the air conditioning going.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After the Rapid City Police Department and Meade County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a stolen vehicle on Sunday, but not before shots were fired in self-defense, both agencies are putting out the word to keep your doors locked.
Police say that the number one cause of stolen vehicles is when owners leave the car running, to let the vehicles warm up, or get the air conditioning going.
“One of the things that we ask if you are going to do that, find a way to make sure that you are the only one who can get into that car when you are ready to get into it, find a way to secure it so nobody else can get in that car while it’s still running,” said Brendyn Medina, the Public Information Officer with the Rapid City Police Department.
Police say that car thieves rarely break-in and hot-wire a car. Police say car owners should watch for someone walking down a street, while checking out the handles on a row of cars.
“In the course of looking for property to take, they might find keys and then they have access to that entire vehicle. So if you see that kind of behavior, always call police,” Medina said.
Medina says a lot of the unlocked cars have guns inside of them, which then get stolen.
He says responsible gun and vehicle ownership starts with 24/7 accountability.