Car stolen from juvenile detention

Cops say lock your vehicle

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
October 12, 2017 - 10:11 am

The NOPD is looking for a car thief who detectives say swiped a vehicle from the parking lot at the juvenile detention center.

"The victim told police she parked her unlocked, red 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix in the parking lot of the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center at about 11:35 a.m. The victim returned to the parking lot at 12:54 p.m. and noticed the vehicle was missing from the location," according to a news release.

Police say locking the car would have greatly reduced the chances of it being stolen.

The juvenile justice facility is in the 1100 block of Milton Street.

The theft happened Tuesday.

"Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact any Third District detective at 504-658-6030. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP."

The NOPD also provided the following information:

Vehicle burglaries and thefts are largely avoidable. Here are some tips on how to avoid car break-ins and thefts.
1. Lock the doors
2. Close windows and sunroofs
3. Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, cell phones, wallets, purses or GPS devices in plain view
4. Put away the garage door opener and any items with personal information
5. Move valuables to the trunk before reaching your destination
6. Don’t leave any keys in the vehicle, including a valet key or a spare key for another vehicle that parks near yours in your garage, driveway, etc.
7. Park in a well-lighted place whenever possible
8. Use the emergency brake when parking to make it more difficult for a thief to tow your vehicle away. 
Key fobs present a serious weakness in your car's security. An amplifier can detects key fob signals from up to 300 feet away and transmit them to your car so while your keys could be in your house, criminals could still unlock it. To prevent hackers from stealing your key fob signal you can wrap them in foil, place them in a foil-lined box or radio frequency signal blocking bag. You can also put them in your microwave oven – just don’t turn it on.

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