City of Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Police Remind Residents To Never Leave a Vehicle Unattended With The Engine Running
The Alexandria Police Department has seen an increase in vehicles stolen while left unattended with the engine running. Since January 1, six vehicles left unlocked, unattended and with the engine running have been stolen. Most of the vehicles were taken from apartment complex parking lots. A few were stolen while parked on the street. In all of the cases, the vehicles were left running by the driver, to warm up from the cold weather. Two of the six vehicles have been recovered.
The vehicles were taken from the following areas:
The Police Department does not recommend ever leaving a running vehicle unattended.
If residents leave a vehicle running to warm up, taking some precautions can help prevent this opportunistic crime from occurring and might decrease the risk of having your vehicle stolen.
Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or suspicious persons by calling the Police Department at 703.838.4444.