Sources within the Oxnard Police Department have confirmed that the number of reported auto thefts spiked by 30 percent during the month of December.
A total of 63 cars were stolen during the last month of the year in 2013, they said; in 2014 that number jumped to 82. A spokesperson for the Oxnard PD says this may be related to the cold weather.
A growing number of victims say their vehicles were stolen due to them leaving the cars running with the keys in the ignition. Officers say that in an effort to cut back on the surge in grand theft auto they will start to enforce an ordinance that says leaving a running vehicle attended is a ticketable offense.
Offenders will return to their cars to find a $65 citation on the windshield and their keys will be gone they’ll need to go to the Oxnard Police Department to pick those up in person.
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