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Auto thefts rise with the temperature

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Police said they're used to seeing auto theft numbers go up when the temperatures get warmer, but this year's off to a particularly bad start. The most frustrating thing, they say, is that many of these crimes were preventable.

Police say over the past two months they've worked more than 100 vehicle thefts.

"Unfortunately we're already seeing the beginning of that trend so we want to get the word out so we can take a bite out of that," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts.

During April alone, there were 71. May was better at 38, but another alarming statistic showed up.

"What's so concerning about May is that in almost 50% of those vehicle thefts, the keys were left in the car. That boils down to the fact that, of those 109 vehicle thefts, 28 of them were completely preventable," she said.

In some cases, they say, thieves might even find a bonus.

"We see do many cases where there will be a driveway or garage where there are two sets of keys for two cars; a husband and a wife's car. The suspect breaks into the wife's car and then gets to keys to the husband's car and steals it," said Roberts.

Vigilance, police say, is key.

"Lock your doors. Keep your valuables out of sight. Don't make your car a target where people are going to say 'Hey that's potentially a car I want to break into!'," said Roberts.

Police say vehicles weren't the only targets. 31 trailers were also reported stolen over that period. They also say there isn't any one area of Lexington that's seeing the rise. They say it's city-wide.

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