Councilwoman Sexton Smith and LMPD call on the public to “Lock, Take and Hide” to fight auto theft downtown

October 4, 2019

Louisville – Since the beginning of 2019, Louisville Metro Police are seeing a noticeable increase in both auto theft and theft from cars in the Central Business District of Downtown.

          As a result, the “Lock, Take, and Hide” campaign is now underway to remind drivers and passengers of the simple ways in which to prevent theft involving automobiles.

          “There are times when we are in a hurry and we just don’t think when we get out of a car. Every time, we forget to lock the door or leave things in plain sight, we are offering an invitation to thieves to steal,” says Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4). “There are simple common-sense things we can do to curb this trend. I hope “Lock, Take and Hide” will be practical reminder of how to stop theft in its tracks.”

          The Councilwoman and officers of the LMPD’s First Division announced the campaign today. One hundred signs are being posted around the downtown area with the simple reminder of: Lock your car, Take your keys and Hide your belongings.

          New statistics from the First Division show auto theft and theft of things taken from an auto have increased over last year in the Central Business District.

Auto Theft

YTD 2018 – 228

YTD 2019 – 264

15.8 % increase

 

Theft from Auto

YTD 2018 – 361

YTD 2019 – 498

38 % increase

         “The 1st Division is very excited to partner with Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith in the “Lock, Take and Hide” campaign.  Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in stolen automobiles and theft from autos.  The officers of the 1st Division are working very hard, but we need the community’s help.  Many of these crimes could have been prevented,” said Major Andrew McClinton of LMPD. “We all need to step up and “Lock, Take and Hide” our valuables.  Working together, we can significantly reduce these crimes.  We appreciate all the support and look forward to making this campaign a success”

         “Together, we can bring an end to this trend,” said Sexton Smith.

           If you see any suspicious activity around and auto, then call 574-LMPD.

 

 

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