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Cedar Rapids sees sharp rise in vehicle thefts

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The Cedar Rapids Police Department says it has seen a sharp rise in vehicle thefts this month, and many of them are preventable.

According to Cristy Hamblin, Public Information Officer for the CRPD, says since June 1, the department has seen a 112.5% increase in motor vehicle thefts compared to April and May of this year.

Hamblin says that in more than 64% of the 34 cases reported since June 1, the victims reported leaving the keys in the vehicle and leaving the vehicle unlocked.

Hamblin adds that they have recovered 18, 52.94%, of the vehicles.

Police remind you to never leave your keys in the vehicle and to always lock it.  Also, do not leave any valuables in plain sight inside the vehicle. 

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