February 12, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) On January 24, 2020 representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department, Downtown Improvement District and Clear Channel Outdoors held a media event to alert the public of a serious spike in auto thefts in the City of Minneapolis. In the first 20 days of 2020, on average of 13 cars per day were being stolen. Most of the vehicles stolen were completely preventable. These were thefts with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running with no one present.
In early February, we increased to about 17 cars stolen per day with a similar percentage of cars stolen while running and unoccupied. As of February 11th, 532 cars have been stolen. That averages out to about 12 cars per day.
Clear Channel Outdoors has donated billboard space to remind the public “You Hold the Key to Preventing Auto Theft”. This crime reduction strategy is a public-private partnership with hopes to drive down auto thefts. These billboards can be seen across the city.
Vehicles stolen are often used in other crimes. Robbery, assault, and burglary are crimes that are linked to having had stolen vehicles utilized in them.
With the cold weather hitting this week, the Minneapolis Police Department, Downtown Improvement District and Clear Channel Outdoors remind you that You Hold the Key to Preventing Auto Theft!