CHPD issues warning to motorists

Drivers in Cherry Hill warned against leaving vehicles running while unattended.

The Cherry Hill Police Department issued the following statement on Monday morning, warning residents about a recent uptick in motor vehicles which have been stolen while left running and unattended.

“In the past 2 1⁄2 months Cherry Hill Police have investigated 10 cases of vehicles stolen while they are left running and unattended outside of various businesses such as convenience stores, restaurants, medical facilities or fitness clubs.

“These incidents have occurred at all times through the day including overnight hours. The
majority of these vehicles were recovered abandoned in other jurisdictions, sometimes having
been involved in accidents or otherwise damaged. The Cherry Hill Police Department would like to remind the public that these auto thefts are easily preventable and are the result of crimes of opportunity.

“To prevent additional victims please keep in mind the following tips:

  • When parking your vehicle for any amount of time be sure to turn off your car,
    remove the key, and lock the doors.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, use the key fob to “chirp” the
    alarm, indicating that the vehicle is locked and making it obvious to anyone
    watching.
  • Take note of your surroundings prior to exiting your vehicle. Be aware of persons
    in the area, either on foot or in a vehicle, watching your activity. If you notice
    anyone or anything suspicious, contact the police department so that we may
    respond and investigate.
  • Be aware that businesses with high traffic and quick turnaround times, such as
    convenience stores, are targeted by perpetrators who realize people will leave
    their cars running while they enter the store for a few minutes.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Investigative Unit at
856-488-7833. Tips can be submitted anonymously by emailing: tips@cherryhillpolice.com or
clicking on the following link: https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/7196358. Information can also be sent by texting TIP CHERRYHILLPD followed by your message to 888777.