Car thefts rise with warmer weather

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Springtime generally means warmer weather, vacations and more car thefts.

Statistics show that as temperatures climb, so do the number of vehicle thefts and break-ins.

There are more car thefts in Salt Lake City than any other place in the state. More than 2,700 vehicles were reported stolen in 2012. Salt Lake City police said community awareness is needed to make a significant change to that number.

Sgt. Shawn Josephson said people should take the extra time and secure their valuables, including things like cell phones, purses or other things that may entice thieves.

“The best thing that you can actually do is take your property inside,” he said. “Particularly those that are parking their vehicle over-night. Take the minute or two to gather all of your property and take it inside your home."

Josephson also recommended that people lock their doors, roll up their windows and activate car security systems. He also said people should park in well-lit areas and use a steering lock.