ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – 2020 saw the highest number of vehicle thefts in more than a decade, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Friday and Saturday will be hectic for citizens across the Stateline, and local law enforcement will be giving some vital advice on Thanksgiving.
“We ask that you only use one credit card so we don’t have credit card fraud,” said Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff. “Make sure you lock these packages in the trunk. Take care, look around, lock your doors, do not carry large amounts of cash with you, keep your handbag close at hand. “
As of June 2020, the United States saw car thefts increase by 13%, with 41 states increasing year over year, a trend that continued throughout 2021. In contrast to a car theft, carjacking is a violent confrontation with a perpetrator who threatens the victim with physical harm with a weapon or physical violence.
With Stroll on State and Black Friday coming up in the next few days, police are taking heightened precautions to keep citizens safe. Walk with feature jersey barriers. Long concrete barriers that protect better than the plastic barriers used in the past. The police officers say they will do whatever they can to keep people safe, but some things require a little common sense.
“If you feel like I think those Spidey senses go out and say something is wrong, well then give in to that, go back to the store, don’t get back in your car,” Caruana said.
If your vehicle is stolen, the NICB urges you to report the theft to the police and contact your insurance company or agent as soon as possible.
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