“Lock It or Lose It”: DSP warning citizens about leaving cars unattended and unlocked while idling

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DELAWARE – Delaware State Police are warning the public about leaving their cars unattended and unlocked while idling.

Police say numerous vehicle thefts have occurred recently throughout the state. A large majority of the thefts, we’re told, have taken place at gas station and convenience store parking lots where a vehicle was left unattended, idling, and unlocked.

Investigations show that suspects specifically look for and target unattended vehicles idling in parking lots, which victims often leave to go into a store to make a purchase.

Additionally, Delaware law states that, “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake thereon.” A fine of $25 to $75 can be imposed for a first offense.

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