Lock your car! It seems simple enough, but most stolen cars in the QCA were unlocked. Do your part to help make the Quad City region a safer place!
About the ProgramThe mission of Lock It Down QC is to prevent auto theft in the Quad City Area. Lock It Down QC is a cooperative effort of Iowa and Illinois Quad City Area law enforcement agencies.
DAVENPORT, IOWA (December 21, 2020) — On Monday, the Davenport Police Department, along with Quad City area law enforcement partners, hosted a press conference to discuss the issue of stolen vehicles in the Quad Cities and announced a new initiative, Lock It Down, QC. Lock It Down, QC is a cooperative effort of local law enforcement agencies to prevent auto theft in the Quad Cities.
“Vehicle thefts are an almost 100% preventable crime. We are pleading with the Quad City region to please take this seriously and lock your vehicles, never leave your car running unattended and never leave your keys in your car,” said Davenport Police Chief Jeffery Bladel. Through the end of November, incidents of stolen vehicles in the Quad City area have increased 14.5% over 2019. In the month of December, the Quad Cities area has reported over 70 stolen cars including one day where 14 cars were stolen in a single day. Law enforcement officials stated that these stolen cars were often used to commit other crimes throughout the community, up to and including homicide.
“Stolen vehicles don’t just impact the vehicle owner, but also impact our community as a whole when these vehicles are used to commit other crimes. The simple act of locking your vehicle can help keep our entire community safe.” said Rock Island Police Chief, Richard Landi. Officials outlined three key actions Quad City citizens can take to prevent car theft including:
- Never leave your car running, even if you have your fob.
- Always lock your car.
- Never leave your keys in your car.
To date, 24 QCA law enforcement agencies are committed to the Lock It Down, QC campaign. These agencies include:
- Davenport Police Bettendorf Police
- Rock Island Police Moline Police
- Iowa State Patrol Rock Island County Sheriff
- Colona Police Albany Police
- Blue Grass Police Buffalo Police
- Walcott Police
- LeClaire Police
- Eldridge Police
- Princeton Police
- McCausland Police
- Scott County Sheriff
- Galesburg Police
- Geneseo Police
- East Moline Police
- DeWitt Police
- Illinois State Police
- Muscatine Police
- Whiteside County Sheriff's Office
- Muscatine County Sheriff
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT AUTO THEFT
- Stolen vehicles are often used to commit other violent crimes in our community including gun violence. By locking your vehicle, you prevent criminals from having access to transportation to commit other crimes throughout our community.
- Did you leave your house keys or garage door opener in the vehicle? A thief may now have access to your home and other personal belongings.
- Identify theft. If you left mail, bills, car registration work files, or other sensitive information in your car, you have now also made yourself a possible victim of identity theft.
- If your car is stolen, your daily routine quickly changes. How will you get to work, get groceries, pick up the kids?
- Paying a deductible or trying to replace your car takes time and money.
- When large numbers of vehicles are stolen, insurance rates go up and we all pay the price.
“Vehicle thefts are an almost 100% preventable crime. We are pleading with the quad city region to please take this seriously and lock your vehicles.”– Davenport Police Chief Jeffery Bladel
“Stolen vehicles don’t just impact the vehicle owner, but also impact our community as a whole when these vehicles are used to commit other crimes. The simple act of locking your vehicle can help keep our entire community safe.”- Rock Island Police Chief Richard Landi