Police Message: Stolen Vehicles and Vehicle Burglaries

Broken Vehicle WindowThe Unified Police Department – Riverton Precinct would like to remind citizens as the weather gets colder and we move into the holiday months to do your part to prevent crime and protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Stolen Vehicles: As the weather gets colder in Utah, the tendency to warm up your vehicle in the driveway is a big temptation. It is also a big temptation for vehicle thieves; they will be driving around our neighborhoods looking for vehicles warming up. In 2018, we have had 65 vehicles stolen in Riverton. The clear majority of those stolen vehicles were running or had the keys left in them. We will do our part with proactive policing, but we ask citizens to help us as well.

Vehicle Burglaries: In Riverton, we live in a great community that is generally very safe. Riverton citizens are trusting and sometimes leave valuables in vehicle. Thieves know this and come to Riverton looking for crimes of opportunity. In order to protect yourself from theft the Unified Police Department asks you do the following:

  1. Avoid leaving or hiding a spare key in your vehicle.
  2. Avoid leaving anything of value in plain sight in your vehicle.
  3. Lock the doors to your vehicle.
  4. Do not leave bags in plain sight, even if it is only full of gym clothes. (Thieves do not know what is in the bag and will gladly break a $200 window to steal a $15 bag).
  5. When shopping, do not leave recently purchased items in plain sight, put it under the seats or in the trunk when possible.
  6. Do not leave your vehicle running unattended.
  7. Report all suspicious activity, suspicious persons and suspicious vehicles to UPD immediately.
    1. Emergency: 911
    2. Non-emergency: 801-743-7000