Vehicle thefts heat up in summer

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – While ignition systems, locking devices and tracking services are putting the brakes on motor vehicle thefts, they're still a problem.

According to the Lexington Police Department, there were almost 60 over the past month.

Retired police officer, Don Evans, says things really heat up during the summer months.

"People are a little more loose, we're all a little more carefree, it's summertime," said Evans. "You don't think about it if you roll your windows down, leave your keys in your car, whatever. But, the thieves know that."

If you think Mercedes or Mustangs are most targeted vehicles, think again.

The most popular make and model stolen are the Ford F-150, F-250 and Honda Accord.

It's a crime of opportunity that you can best prevent by keeping the doors locked and windows rolled up, so there's no access inside it.

Also, don't leave valuables in your car.

Sometimes that can work in your favor, however, if your vehicle is stolen.

For example, an iPad left inside, if it's equipped with GPS, can lead you to the location of where the stolen vehicle is.

"Some people actually have their cars wired now, so they can track their vehicles. There's also other programs that come with some vehicles, too, that enable them to activate this if your car's stolen."

When it comes to confronting a thief, however, Evans says never risk your life over stolen property.

Police says the most common places in Lexington targeted by vehicle thefts this past month were parking lots and parking garages as well as homes.

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