CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police in Cambria County are reminding residents to lock and secure their vehicles after multiple reports of stolen vehicles in the Johnstown area. Within the past two weeks, there have been three car thefts. Two of those thefts happened on Monday.
West Hills Police Detective, Dean West, says that cars are stolen primarily at night. Thieves are able to drive off with the car easily because the keys are in the vehicle. So far, only one of the three cars was recovered.
“Some people forget, they park their car and they think they’re going to go back out,” West said. “They don’t remember to go back out and secure them and just forget about it.”
According to the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA), the most commonly stolen vehicles are older, common models.
“These car parts are harder to find, which makes them more expensive—and more lucrative for thieves to find, steal, and sell,” the ATPA said on its website. “A car worth $3,000 is often worth $5,000 to a chop shop.”
The West Hills Regional Police Department advised residents to park their vehicles in a garage or a well-lit area. You should also park your vehicle in an area that is captured by a doorbell camera or security system if possible.
Before walking away from your vehicle, double-check to make sure it is locked. The West Hills Regional Police Department also suggested taking a picture of your license plate, VIN number and vehicle. This will expedite the process of entering your vehicle if it is stolen and when posting a stolen vehicle alert.
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