Airport officials warn people to lock car doors to avoid theft

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PEORIA, Ill. — Many in the area prefer traveling through the Peoria International Airport because it’s less crowded and the TSA lines are shorter than other major cities.

The free overnight parking is also a big attraction to the airport.

Recently, a person took to social media to complain about their car being stolen. They also claim other car thefts are often happening in the parking lot. Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said this is true.

This last month, 12 cars were stolen from the airport parking lot. Eleven have been recovered and seven arrests have been made.

“Unfortunately they’re leaving their doors unlocked and sometimes the keys are under the floor mat and what these crews are doing, they’re go ing to parking lots and they are checking for open doors and if they find keys, the car is gone,” said Asbell.

Airport officials said despite this, it’s still safe to park there.

“Don’t leave your keys in the car, lock the car, take the keys with you, don’t leave valuables exposed on the seat of the car or the glove compartment or the console area, Make sure that stuff is put away,” said Gene Olson, Director of Airports at PIA.

Airport officials also said there are cameras everywhere in the parking lot which help in solving some of these crimes. County officers are also monitoring the parking lots.

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