By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer
Tuscaloosa Police are asking people to "Lock It or Lose It' after a surge in vehicle break-ins and thefts.
"Due to the overwhelming increase of auto burglaries and vehicle thefts, Tuscaloosa Police Department is reaching out to the citizens of the city of Tuscaloosa asking that you take the care and the time to secure your vehicles," TPD spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson said Thursday.
There were 54 vehicle break-ins reported in Tuscaloosa between Feb. 10 and Feb. 23. Of those, 37 of the vehicles were unlocked, Richardson said. Items stolen included purses, electronics and guns.
Ten vehicles were stolen during the two-week period, including eight that were left unlocked with the keys inside or the engine running.
"Tuscaloosa Police Department is employing everyone to secure your vehicles and your belongings," Richardson said. "By removing all valuables from view, removing your keys and locking your doors; these types of crimes are preventable."