(Camden City, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department has seen an uptick in motor vehicle thefts recently and is advising residents to be on alert and take precautions to reduce the chance of their vehicle being stolen.
In recent weeks, there have been multiple motor vehicle thefts in neighborhoods across the city. Several of these thefts have occurred when drivers have started a vehicle’s ignition and then left it idling and unoccupied. Residents are urged not to leave cars in driveways or parked on the street unoccupied with the keys in the ignition, as this makes the vehicle an easy target for thieves.
Residents are also encouraged not to leave valuable items inside their cars, to always remove all keys from the vehicle and to always lock vehicles and activate any alarm systems. Any motor vehicle theft should be immediately reported to the police, and residents are also asked to report any suspicious activity by calling our tip line at (856) 757-7042.
The Camden County Police Department is planning to host community meetings in neighborhoods to address this issue, and will have more information forthcoming when meeting times and locations have been set. Officers will also be distributing informational fliers about car thefts in neighborhoods throughout the city.