FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — The Fairfax County Police Department is reminding residents to lock their car doors, after an uptick in vehicle thefts since the beginning of June.
Officials stated in a press release that vehicles are mainly stolen overnight, with suspects entering unlocked vehicles with keys left inside.
Officials say suspects have used garage door openers or forced entry to gain access to homes to steal car keys.
Officers say these cases typically travel in groups of two or three. In many cases, the suspects have been described as black men, ranging from their teens to 30 years old.
A total of 27 stolen vehicle incidents have occurred since June, with McLean seeing the highest rate of crime.
Police are offering the following safety tips as a way to prevent having your car stolen.
- Keep your vehicle locked at all times
- Remove keys and garage door openers from vehicles
- Lock the door to an attached garage
- Keep all doors and windows to your home locked
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lit
- Keep vehicle keys out of view
Police ask anyone with information on the stolen vehicles to call their non-emergency number, 703-691-2131.