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01-27-17 Police offer tips at deterring auto thefts (correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252


Media Release (corrects last bullet point)

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a rash of auto thefts in East and West Hawaiʻi and are cautioning the public to take precautions to deter would-be thieves.

“One significant factor in preventing your vehicle from being stolen is simply to remove the keys from the ignition and not leave a spare anywhere in the vehicle,” said Lieutenant Gregory Esteban of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. He noted that keys left in a vehicle often have house keys on the same key ring, which can lead to potential burglaries along with auto thefts.

Esteban offers these additional steps:

“Owners may also want to consider arming their vehicles with an alarm system or a steering wheel lock to further act as a theft deterrent,” Esteban said. ” Although these are not 100 percent theft proof, the installation of these and similar devices may discourage would be thieves and protect your property.”


[Note: a previous version of this media release erroneously recommended not leaving registration papers in the vehicle. State law requires the certificate of registration to be kept in the vehicle.]