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Officers from two central Kentucky police agencies offer thoughts on recent vehicle thefts

Stu Johnson

Triple A cites the Lexington Police Department in saying 661 automobile thefts occurred from January through June. The automobile association notes each of those months saw a higher number of reported vehicle thefts than in the same months in 2021.

In Richmond, Police Major in Support Services Josh Hale said it’s not always the more expensive vehicles that are targeted for theft.

“There may be that possibility of course but then again they could also turn around and get vehicles that are not as high end because they can possibly get rid of them easier or in another location without as many red flags,” said Hale.

Triple A reports the National Insurance Crime Bureau says the summer months, and August in particular, are the hottest months for stolen vehicles. According to the NICB, the number of stolen vehicles nationwide jumped almost 20% in the two-year period from 2019 through 2021.

In Georgetown, Assistant Police Chief Darin Allgood noted the 17 vehicle thefts so far this year are about in line with last year. Allgood added motorists always need to be watchful.

“I’m sure people have seen videos like all over the internet and the news where you turn your back or you leave the car running with the door open and you’re getting gas or messing with something in the trunk and next thing you know two or three people are up on you and overtaking you and stealing your car. Be aware of your surroundings,” said Allgood.

Triple A says in 2020 there were about 11,500 vehicles stolen across the Commonwealth, according to the Insurance Information Institute. That placed Kentucky in the top half of the states nationally. Some ways to help prevent vehicle thefts include not leaving keys in the car, never leaving the car running unattended, parking in a well-lit area, and keeping valuables out of sight.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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