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Police Warn Drivers After Increased Vehicle Thefts in January

Date: February 2, 2021
Incident Type: Vehicle theft PSA
Location: City-wide

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is cautioning drivers after dozens of vehicles were stolen in the City in the month of January. Police say many of these thefts were preventable.

Many of the vehicles that were stolen were left running and unoccupied with the keys inside. The majority of those were stolen from gas station parking lots, restaurants, or businesses while vehicle owners went inside to pay or pick up orders. Others were stolen when the owners started their vehicles to warm them up and returned minutes later to find them gone.

On one street alone last week, four delivery drivers had their vehicles stolen when they were left running unattended.

If you see someone trying to illegally enter vehicles, please call 9-1-1. 

Watch Pittsburgh Police Sergeant William Vollberg’s PSA on Facebook:


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz