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Car thefts at Burlington airport mostly affecting unlocked vehicles, police say

A passenger airplane taxis at an airport with jet bridges in the background
Toby Talbot
Associated Press
In this April 17, 2009 file photo, a US Airways Express plane taxis at the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

Burlington police say the recent uptick in vehicle thefts at the Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport is mostly due to people leaving their keys in unlocked cars.

Police have found that thieves look for people who leave their vehicles without clicking an automatic lock button. This is a sign that they might be in a hurry to catch their flight and have left their keys inside.

Sarah Timm is deputy chief of operations for the Burlington Police Department. She says there are ways to prevent your car from getting stolen.

“Locking doors, removing valuables and securing vehicle keys would go a long way to prevent these," Timm said.

Burlington police say the recent spate of car thefts at the Burlington Airport aligns with the increase of stolen vehicles in the rest of the city.

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A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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