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Connects Against Crime: CRPD Warn of Holiday Car & License Plate Theft

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Thousands of cars travel Cedar Rapids roads everyday and Cedar Rapids Police say those cars are a hot item for theives. 

"It happens all year long and a lot of time we've seen them more lately," says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin. 

Police records show so far in 2012, roughly 200 vehicles have been reported stolen.
Most of the robberies happened this fall season ,but the trend continues into the winter months.
With the worry of your car being stolen comes another warning from police. 

"Some of our more educated or experienced car theives will take and they will simply swap the plates," Hamblin said. 

Lost and Stolen plates according to police is up 10 percent compared to this time last year.
"Police recommend you familiarize yourself with your plate number, also make sure there's one on the back and front of your car and that they're identical."

Police also want to make sure you know that leaving your running car unattended is against a city ordinance.
They tell us cars are often stolen because they are left alone and running.
The holiday season is prime time for a car theif and police want to make sure you don't fall victim.

Connects Against Crime: CRPD Warn of Holiday Car & License Plate Theft

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