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Motor Vehicle Thefts

In recent months the metropolitan Detroit area has seen a significant increase in thefts from motor vehicles. The City of Novi is a very safe community; however we are not immune from these types of thefts.

Thefts from motor vehicles typically occur late at night or during the early morning hours. THESE THEFTS CAN BE PREVENTED. Our crime reports indicate thieves are targeting unlocked motor vehicles in which items of value are left in open view from outside the vehicle. These thefts are opportunistic crimes. Thieves walk up and down city streets and driveways looking for unlocked cars; a practice commonly known as "Car Hopping." When they do find an unlocked car they simply open the door and take whatever is of value, often times discarding the items in a nearby yard or driveway if they have no use for the item. In most cases they are only in the vehicle for a few seconds.

The Novi Police Department offers the following crime prevention tips that can help reduce or eliminate these crimes and protect you and your personal property:

  1. Remember to lock your car and home doors at ALL times.
  2. Never leave your garage door open overnight or for an extended period of time when you are not around.
  3. Never leave wallets, money, purses, briefcases, cell phones, laptop computers or other valuables in your vehicle.
  4. Report suspicious persons or vehicles to the Novi Police Department as soon as possible.

Detectives of the Novi Police Department can perform a residential security survey of your home and identify any potential security deficiencies present. These surveys are free of charge and can provide the homeowner with a great deal of prevention information that will protect your family and your home. If you are interested in a residential security survey, please contact Officer Kristie Gruenwald at 248-347-0548 or Detective Erick Zinser at 248-347-0546.

The men and women of the Novi Police Department are committed to enhancing your quality of life by providing the most professional and effective policing services possible.