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The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Addresses Abandoned Vehicle Complaints

Date: April 27, 2021
Incident Type: Abandoned Vehicles Removed
Location: Zone 3

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police launched its blitz to remove abandoned vehicles from City streets, beginning in the Allentown, Beltzhoover, Carrick, Arlington Heights and Knoxville neighborhoods.

Police initially investigated 124 complaints to the City’s 3-1-1 system for abandoned vehicles in these neighborhoods. Eight of those were cleared as being repeat or multiple complaints.

Today, through the efforts of Motorcycle Units and Abandoned Vehicle Officers from multiple police zones, a total of 116 complaints were addressed, which resulted in:

  • 17 vehicles towed
  • 15 registered letters that will be sent for vehicles that met the criteria for towing as abandoned, but not more than 90 days expired, which can be towed immediately.
  • 84 of the 3-1-1 complaints were cleared either because the vehicle had already been removed, or was legally registered.

During the blitz, police towed a vehicle on Climax Street at Gearing Avenue that, while it did not meet the criteria of an abandoned vehicle, was parked in such a manner that it posed a safety hazard.

Police are identifying the next target neighborhood for abandoned vehicles, with a tentative removal blitz planned for mid-May.

Police thank Pittsburgh residents for their cooperation in this effort.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz