Oxnard: Auto Theft Prevention

look arial, hospital sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>The Oxnard Auto Theft Task Force has been working to educate the community about leaving their keys in their vehicle unattended. Over thirty percent of the vehicles stolen in the city had the keys left in them or left unattended with the engine running. The police department has distributed auto theft prevention flyers which reminded the community not to leave keys in their vehicle or to leave their vehicle running unattended. A Facebook positing was also placed on the Oxnard Police Department Facebook page warning citizens that leaving their vehicle running unattended is against the law. 

The Oxnard Police Department recently began an enforcement campaign with the assistance of the Auto Theft Task Force, Traffic Unit and the Neighborhood Policing Team to enforce this law.  Traffic citations were issued to residents that left their vehicles running unattended.  During the month long enforcement campaign sixty citations were issued.  The fine for leaving your vehicle running unattended is seventy dollars.  The Oxnard Police Department will continue to aggressively enforce the law prohibiting leaving a vehicle running unattended.    

Many people believe that a vehicle must be warmed up prior to driving. Most vehicles on the road today are no longer carbureted and instead are fuel injected. Experts have found that leaving a fuel injected motor running at an idle for an extended period of time prior to driving does not benefit the engine and will often be detrimental to the engine.   

The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus


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