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Police report uptick in large pickup thefts in Las Vegas valley

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Nov 05, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police say it has seen a rise in large pickup truck thefts, specifically Ford F-250s, within the community.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department report that Ford trucks as well similar vehicles have been getting stolen more than usual of late.

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Officers asked car owners to secure their vehicles, lock their cars, and use available anti-theft devices. Authorities also urged residents to alert them if they see anything suspicious connected to these recent reports.

Joel Sunio is a mobile locksmith at ABC Locksmith and said he's seen the exact same trend. He's tasked with helping recover stolen vehicles when they're found and said he also has seen an increased number of Ford F-250s and F-350s stolen.

"These people are stealing from working people and we work for our things that we have and I just don’t understand why they do it," said Sunio.

Sunio also said that of the cars he's seen, most haven't had alarms installed or used clubs across their steering wheel, so he suggests truck owners take those simple steps to try to prevent more theft.

Sunio, along with State Farm insurance agent Cody Clark, both say some simple tools to use are clubs across steering wheels and loud alarms for cars.

"A lot of people believe that the vehicles have the ability to not be stolen and in some instances with chips in the keys, that is the case, but there are still ways to steal these high-tech vehicles and some of the good old fashion ways of keeping the doors locked, clubs on the vehicles, cut off switches, are ways to be able to prevent these things," said Clark.