Edina, Minn., Nov. 16, 2021 – The Edina Police Department reminds residents and visitors to lock their vehicles to avoid being victims of theft.
Over the weekend, the Edina Police Department took reports of three vehicles stolen from homes during the day, as well as multiple thefts from autos. The Indian Hills and Country Club neighborhoods have been targets of recent reports. The Police Department is doing more patrols in those neighborhoods and has assigned an investigator to auto theft. The investigator is actively working on the cases alongside neighboring agencies.
“These are crimes of opportunity. The overwhelming majority of vehicles stolen were unlocked with keys left inside,” said Chief Todd Milburn. “Please lock your vehicles. Even though it is getting colder, running vehicles should not be left unattended, either.”
In Edina, auto theft has increased more than 25 percent – from 49 through this point of 2020 to 62 in 2021. The Police Department offers these crime prevention tips:
- Take your vehicle’s keys; do not leave them in or on your vehicle in a spare key holder.
- Do not leave your car running while unattended.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas when possible.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle.
- Close garage doors, even when you are home.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recommends installing an audible alarm system if your car did not come with one and using a visible anti-theft device. An audible alarm is designed to emit a loud noise, often a car’s horn, if someone attempts to enter the vehicle while the alarm is on. The unwanted attention attracted by the noise may chase off a potential thief.
The Police Department asks residents to be vigilant and call in any suspicious activity in the area.
“We are in this together and with help from our residents, Edina Police will continue our enforcement to hold offenders accountable for their criminal acts in our city,” Milburn said.