Durham police see increase in car thefts - WNCN: News, Weather

Durham police see increase in car thefts

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

In the past few months, Durham police have noticed an increase in vehicle thefts involving specific models.

Of the 248 motor vehicle thefts reported between November 2012 and mid-February 2013, 93 were Acuras or Hondas.  Thieves appear to be favoring Acuras and Hondas from the model years 1990 to 1996.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says the top five vehicles stolen in NC and nationwide in 2012 were: 1994 Honda Accord, 1998 Honda Civic, 2006 Ford pickup, 1991 Toyota Camry and 2000 Dodge Caravan.

Car owners should take as many precautions as possible including: 

  • Don't leave keys in car or ignition
  • Don't leave car running unattended, even to warm up vehicle
  • Don't leave valuables in car
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas
  • Keep windows rolled up and car locked
  • Don't leave personal identification documents in car.  Carry your insurance and registration card with you.
  • Write down license plate number and VIN number on a card and keep with your driver's license.  Police will need this information immediately if vehicle is stolen
  • Look into purchasing an auto security system if you drive a theft-prone vehicle or live in a high-theft area

 

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • Duke University to hold Michael Brown forum Monday night

    Duke University to hold Michael Brown forum Monday night

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:32:26 GMT
    Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    The issues surrounding the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. will be discussed in the Triangle Monday night when Duke University will hold a town hall forum.
    The issues surrounding the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. will be discussed in the Triangle Monday night when Duke University will hold a town hall forum.
  • Granville Co. farmer donates 'ugly' corn to local charities

    Granville Co. farmer donates 'ugly' corn to local charities

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:48:11 GMT
    Nearly $3,000 worth of corn was donated to the Produce Box by farmer Gary Fuller, of Granville County.Nearly $3,000 worth of corn was donated to the Produce Box by farmer Gary Fuller, of Granville County.
    Rather than throw away thousands of ears of "ugly but good" corn, foiled after very wet summer, a local farmer chose to donate them to the needy.
    Rather than throw away thousands of ears of "ugly but good" corn, foiled after very wet summer, a local farmer chose to donate them to the needy.
  • Former Marine closes in on goal to keep coffee shop open

    Former Marine closes in on goal to keep coffee shop open

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:50 AM EDT2014-08-30 05:50:17 GMT
    Matt Victoriano's military background influenced every aspect of his Durham coffee house and bar, Intrepid Life.Matt Victoriano's military background influenced every aspect of his Durham coffee house and bar, Intrepid Life.
    A business owner and former Marine says he may be able to keep his Durham coffee shop open after receiving an outpouring of support from the community.
    A business owner and former Marine says he may be able to keep his Durham coffee shop open after receiving an outpouring of support from the community.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.