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#abq4ward: Car thieves likely stealing more than the vehicle

Kasia Gregorczyk
September 08, 2017 10:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Voters may remember Doug Turner when he ran for governor or for his other political stints.

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Like many other Albuquerque residents, Turner has experienced that sinking feeling of discovering his car has been stolen.

"Came out with the groceries and looked for my car and did one of those double takes," he said. "'Am I in the right spot?'"

It happens to nearly 30 people a day in the Albuquerque metro area. When some thief takes a car, that's not all they're getting away with.

"I'm not sure everyone always thinks about it," Turner said. "There are all documents that you are required to keep in your vehicle -- registration, insurance, title -- and sometimes people keep other things in there. You never know what people are going to do once they steal your car."

For Turner, all those things and more were left in his vehicle when it was stolen.

"The wild thing is a week later, my home was actually broken into," he said. "Not sure if there's any relationship between the theft of the car and theft from my home, but certainly something you get a little paranoid about."

Had Turner ever thought about ditching the documents kept inside the car?

"Oddly not, because if you get stopped or an officer asks you for that information, you can't not have it," he said.

Police officers KOB spoke to say they've come to expect people no longer leaving documents in their cars. They say they'll accept electronic ones.

There are a few simple options on how to accomplish keeping your information safe but still with you when needed. For example, you can take a picture of your registration and even your insurance cards.

Also, most insurance cards are even available for download onto smartphones. If you still feel like carrying around hard copies, you can always make photo copies of important documents and you can take those copies and store them in your wallet.

It won't be able to stop the next car theft in Albuquerque, but it's a step to protect the next car owner from a disheartening double whammy.

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Kasia Gregorczyk

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