1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 13, 2005 00:00
On Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at 9 am, Chief Derrick Foxworth will be at Northeast 15th Avenue and Northeast Multnomah Street to kick off a year-long campaign designed to reduce auto theft by at least 14 percent. Chief Foxworth will be joined by members of the Portland Police Bureau Auto theft Task Force (ATTF), representatives of the auto insurance industry, a Lojack representative, and Garry Bonanno, a representative of the auto theft deterrent device, “The Wrap.” During the kickoff, officers and insurance industry representatives will hand out auto theft deterrent information and The Wrap will be given to the first 600 people who show up to attend the event.
Blockit & Lockit Systems, maker of The Wrap, a portable 3-way electronic vehicle anti-theft system is supporting The Police Bureau’s vehicle theft prevention campaign by supplying them with $50,000 worth of The Wrap locks to be distributed at no charge to area residents who attend the event on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last. Discount certificates for The Wrap will also be available for everyone and redeemable at all GI Joe's Store locations.
Each year, for the past several years, 14% of all vehicles stolen in the City of Portland are stolen with keys in the ignition. If the keys were removed from the ignition, as many as 180 fewer vehicles might not have been stolen in the first 46 weeks of 2005.
Vehicle theft is costly, dangerous, and time-consuming not only for law enforcement, but also for everyone. During the event, ATTF officers will show citizens where vehicle thefts occur, in the city, who is stealing them, and why. Information on what make and model of vehicles are the most popular amongst thieves will also be available.
ATTF encourages everyone to get involved by coming out and supporting this worthwhile effort and doing their part to help Portland "put the brakes" on vehicle theft.
Sgt. Pete Simpson