Clearwater police rewarding drivers for locking their cars


CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) — Clearwater Police Detectives will hit the streets Thursday morning hoping to encourage people to lock their car doors.

On Thursday, they’ll be dishing out vouchers for four Tampa Bay Rays tickets to drivers who keep their doors locked and no valuables in sight.

According to police, 82 percent of car burglaries happen to unlocked cars in Clearwater.

“Some vehicle owners make it way too easy for the criminal element to gain access to their cars,” Chief Dan Slaughter said in a press release. “We need to put a dent in some of these statistics by simply doing the right things – lock your car, take your keys, secure your valuables.”

Lately 8 On Your Side has been highlighting car break-ins across the Bay Area. In Polk County, a crook wasn’t too creative and simply checked cars until he found unlocked doors. Then he grabbed cash. In Hillsborough, thieves searched for unlocked cars first, then used technology to get locked cars open when they could.

Clearwater detectives will check cars Thursday morning starting around 10 a.m.

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