Police in Jersey City recovered two of four vehicles stolen at a mall in the city during the overnight hours.
According to preliminary reports, police were notified that at least four vehicles were stolen from the west garage area of the mall.
During the investigation and search for the cars, officers managed to locate two vehicles within the city limits, but the remaining cars have not been found, according to reports.
While investigating who stole the vehicles at Newport Centre Mall is active, police around NJ warn residents and shoppers to never leave key fobs inside cars.
Police departments around New Jersey have responded to scores of vehicle thefts incidents in the last month. Vehicle owners left their key fobs inside their vehicles, allowing criminals to steal their cars easily.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds vehicle owners to use common sense when parking and exiting their vehicle.
NHTSA Recommend the Following Safety Tips Safety:
- Take your keys. Don’t leave them in your vehicle.
- Close all windows and lock all doors.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Anything stored inside your car should be out of sight or in the trunk.
- Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash, or your wallet or purse inside your vehicle overnight.
- Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Park in visible areas where your vehicle is not hidden by foliage or larger vehicles. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your car.
- Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secured each night around 9 p.m. This is known as the “9 p.m. Routine.”
“Leaving a remote key fob inside a car is the modern-day equivalent of leaving your car unlocked and key in the ignition, so we want to encourage everyone to be mindful of the danger of doing so,” officials at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said.
INFORMATION CREDIT: NHTSA