Billings Police to create new task force due to up tick in car t - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Billings Police to create new task force due to up tick in car thefts

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Have you noticed an uptick in posts about car theft on Facebook?

Or have you seen people waiting for you to start your car and leave it running?

We see it every year, an increase in car thefts during the colder months.

It's nice to come out to a warm car but sometimes, that car is gone.

Billings Police Department said the most important thing is to avoid making yourself an easy target.

Police say the increase in car thefts during winter months doesn't surprise them.

Everyone loves starting the day with a warm car but technically it's illegal to leave your car running unattended.

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said: "The original intent of the law, its been on the books for many years, was to make sure that running vehicles didn't pop out of gear and run into somebody's property."

While the police understand the convenience they say to make sure you're watching your car.

They also suggest making sure your car is locked while heating up.

One thing you don't want to do is leave your keys in the ignition while you're inside. 

Jarrett Wanner of Jarrett Stereos said one tip he always suggests is to use a remote starter.

Another cheaper option is a GPS tracker that can be installed to let you know your car's location if it is stolen.

Wanner also said, " Ultimately you want to sit in your car while its warming up. I know that defeats the purpose but that's the best secure way if you're going to go without a remote start or GPS tracker."

Not every car is stolen while warming up though, Kristina Hoerner, recently watched in a panic as someone tried to steal her car from her house.

Hoerner said, "You're very shooken up there's somebody trying to steal your car...that's your livelihood."

She said she noticed an older car with temporary tags sitting outside for hours beforehand but didn't call it in.

When she confronted the thieves they told her they had orders from the city to tow her car.

That was a lie and the thieves ran off.

Hoerner urges people to help each other, " anything a civilian can do to help another civilian. Any eyes, ears, if you have a home security definitely check out your home security system."

Billings Police Chief St. John said the police force is starting a new street unit on January 1st that will focus on car thefts, vandalism, and burglaries.

This new street unit is in addition to the beat cops and will add some much needed patrolling to the streets of Billings.

Chief St. John said he hears the frustrations of the community and thanks them for allowing the station to be fully staffed to provide this type of support. 

  • MontanaMore>>

  • Big Acts Coming to Montana Fair

    Big Acts Coming to Montana Fair

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:53:50 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:53:50 GMT

    The Montana Fair is bringing in some big acts between August 10th and the 18th.

    The Montana Fair is bringing in some big acts between August 10th and the 18th.

  • UPDATE: Suspect in Thursday police chase clipped school bus

    UPDATE: Suspect in Thursday police chase clipped school bus

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-04-19 14:36:58 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:07:41 GMT

    Charging documents state that Joel Wesley Speiser clipped a school bus while trying to elude police Thursday.

    Charging documents state that Joel Wesley Speiser clipped a school bus while trying to elude police Thursday.

  • E. coli outbreak warning extended to ALL romaine lettuce

    E. coli outbreak warning extended to ALL romaine lettuce

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:43:39 GMT

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.    The CDC said Friday that consumers are being advised to avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region.    Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes.    Officials say people at an Alaska c...

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.    The CDC said Friday that consumers are being advised to avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region.    Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes.    Officials say people at an Alaska c...

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Bret Michaels puts some "poison" into MontanaFair

    Bret Michaels puts some "poison" into MontanaFair

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:15 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:15:03 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 10:38 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:38:23 GMT

    Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.

    Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.

  • WANTED: Suspects in armed home invasion

    WANTED: Suspects in armed home invasion

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:30:08 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:30:08 GMT

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help in their search for 27-year-old Melissa Shurtliff and 34-year-old Jamie Milsten. 

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help in their search for 27-year-old Melissa Shurtliff and 34-year-old Jamie Milsten. 

  • UPDATE: WYDOT reports road slide on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

    UPDATE: WYDOT reports road slide on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:56:30 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:58:36 GMT

    The Chief Joe Slide is northwest of Cody, about 20 miles west of Wyoming 296's intersection with Wyoming 120.

    The Chief Joe Slide is northwest of Cody, about 20 miles west of Wyoming 296's intersection with Wyoming 120.

  • Herberger's liquidation sales to begin Friday

    Herberger's liquidation sales to begin Friday

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:40:48 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:40:48 GMT

    Herberger's announced liquidation sales will start Friday, April 20.

    Herberger's announced liquidation sales will start Friday, April 20.

  • Red Lodge-New street name

    Red Lodge-New street name

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:06 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:06:23 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:06 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:06:23 GMT
    The city of Red Lodge now has a new street name.  11th St. in downtown Red Lodge will be renamed "Mount Maurice street", after a local mountain and Red Lodge icon. The city has been taking entries for this contest to help bring the city of Red Lodge into compliance with the Carbon County grid, as well as to help allow for growth.  This new street name will make it easier for emergency services to identify locations throughout the city and make routes and addresses...
    The city of Red Lodge now has a new street name.  11th St. in downtown Red Lodge will be renamed "Mount Maurice street", after a local mountain and Red Lodge icon. The city has been taking entries for this contest to help bring the city of Red Lodge into compliance with the Carbon County grid, as well as to help allow for growth.  This new street name will make it easier for emergency services to identify locations throughout the city and make routes and addresses...
  • UPDATE: Suspect in Thursday police chase clipped school bus

    UPDATE: Suspect in Thursday police chase clipped school bus

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-04-19 14:36:58 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:07:41 GMT

    Charging documents state that Joel Wesley Speiser clipped a school bus while trying to elude police Thursday.

    Charging documents state that Joel Wesley Speiser clipped a school bus while trying to elude police Thursday.

  • Teen throws student into file cabinet, gets tased

    Teen throws student into file cabinet, gets tased

    Kaitlyn PearsonKaitlyn Pearson

    Yesterday, police say they arrested a teen when she failed to stop assaulting the SRO officer after being tased. 

    Yesterday, police say they arrested a teen when she failed to stop assaulting the SRO officer after being tased. 

  • Family tries euthanizing cat after he walked 12 miles to return home

    Family tries euthanizing cat after he walked 12 miles to return home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:23:12 GMT
    @a.cat.named.toby@a.cat.named.toby
    @a.cat.named.toby@a.cat.named.toby

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina family gave their cat away and then tried to euthanize him after he walked 12 miles back to his home. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, North Carolina, Toby the cat made the long trek back to his family after they tried to give him away. When he returned, they took him to a shelter to put him down. The shelter called the SPCA to ask if they would help 

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina family gave their cat away and then tried to euthanize him after he walked 12 miles back to his home. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, North Carolina, Toby the cat made the long trek back to his family after they tried to give him away. When he returned, they took him to a shelter to put him down. The shelter called the SPCA to ask if they would help 

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.