Car manuals a target for thieves

Thieves targeting car manuals

Indian Shores, Florida --  Bill Hollingsworth says he has no problem with making sure his vehicle is safe once he walks away.

"Normally I lock car very well," says Hollingsworth.

And same goes for Alan Halloway.

Reporter: "Have you ever been victim of car burglary?"

"No," says Halloway.


And while some people may have no problem locking their doors, police say the one thing thieves need to get away with your car is right in your glove box.

"The owner's manual has a special PIN number, sometimes your registration and VIN and they will try to contact manufacturer to get keys replaced," says Indian Shores Police Chief Terry Hughes.

"And most time owner's manual still has a valet key in there and they don't know it's in there," says Hughes.

In just the past couple of weeks, Hughes says the department has seen two manuals stolen out of vehicles on the beach.

"They will go to dealership show them manual and say I lost my key," says Hughes.

And if they are lucky enough to get a new key they will go back the next day and steal the car.

Hughes says this is a good reminder to all.

"There's got to be different pages to show your PIN number, what to do if you lose key."

They'll have to get VIN number off that paperwork. Call the dealer to see what type of paperwork they need to get spare key," says Hughes.

He has a recommendation for vehicle owners.

"I will take mine out of car, yes," says Halloway.

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