More than 30 vehicle-related incidents have been reported in Lynchburg in October according to police, including six stolen vehicles.
The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for public support, and is offering up to $1,000 for information related to these crimes.
Lynchburg’s Seargant J.P. Hinkley says that these vehicle-related crimes don’t necessarily have a rhyme or reason, and are spread around the city.
As you can see in the attached crime map, red symbols show cars that were stolen from or tampered with, while yellow ones were stolen.
Hinkley says that any apparent clustering is assumed to be coincidental at this point, and that police have not determined whether any of these crimes are connected.
He adds that, more often than not, vehicle-related crimes are ‘crimes of opportunity,’ where cars are left unlocked, with keys still in the ignition, or with valuables in plain sight.
Hinkley says that the best way to keep your car safe is to err on the side of caution, and keeping your car secure even if you will only be away for a few minutes.