Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 730 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-78, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-56, Traffic Violations-40, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-40, Check Well Beings-33, Property Damage Crashes-24, Domestic Disputes-23, Alarms-23, Traffic Hazards-21, Car/Deer Accidents-19, Shoplifting Complaints-15, Civil Complaints-14, Threats-12, Larcenies-11, Argument or Verbal Altercation-10, and Property Damage Hit and Run-7.
National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month -
In 2017, more than three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States. Summers prove to be the worst season for vehicle theft.
In 2019, in Eaton County alone, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 139 stolen vehicle complaints, and since January 1, 2020, we have responded to 74. Although Michigan does not rank in the top 10 of states nationwide for the number of stolen vehicles, numbers just in Eaton County are substantial.
Our cars are indispensable to most of us. Please use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle:
- Take your vehicle’s key; do not leave it in or on your vehicle.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas if possible.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle.
Keep in mind that thieves want vehicle parts and valuable items, too. Radios and wheel covers aren’t the only popular stolen vehicle parts thieves take. They want whatever sells, from the mandated labeled parts to those that aren’t. Some of the most popular vehicle parts or valuable items stolen from vehicles include doors, engines, transmissions, catalytic converters, air bags, radios, GPS units, cell phones, iPads, laptops, and purses.
If you are a victim of vehicle theft, follow these steps:
- Contact police immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report. You will need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company. You may also be asked to provide the following information:
- License plate number;
- Make, model, and color of your vehicle; and
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and any identifying characteristics.
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of your vehicle being stolen.
- If you find your vehicle before authorities do, contact the police and your insurance company immediately.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich