Springdale Police Department is Getting Ahead of Car Theft Problem


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Springdale Police Department announced on its Facebook page that it has seen a rise in vehicle break ins over the past several months.

“A lot of times, it’s just because they leave their doors unlocked,” Lt. Jeff Taylor with Springdale Police Department said. “It’s not anything that people are actually breaking into their cars. They’re just finding crimes of opportunity,”

To help curb it, officers will now be surveying areas and giving cars a report card telling drivers if their vehicle is a hard or easy target. A few Facebook users expressed concerns, believing this may make their cars an even bigger target. Lt. Taylor said that is not the case.

“It’s not going to be on the vehicles that we deem an easy target. It’s going to be on every vehicle. Because if you’re doing the right thing, we want you to know  that you’re doing the right thing.”

Some drivers thought the report card was a good idea.

“It would make me more cautious on how I leave my car,” said Springdale resident Dennis Apon. “Because a lot of times, I forget to lock my car. Not on purpose, but accidentally. It would be good to know I did that.” 

Officers will be surveying areas across the city at random, placing the cards on vehicles to remind people the importance of securing belongings. 

Lt. Taylor adds the best way to avoid a break in is bu locking yur vehicle doors, hiding belongings, and parking in well lit areas when possible. 

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