Why would you want to do thieves a favor?

Apparently, some local residents have gotten into the habit of leaving their car doors unlocked. Secure in the feeling that this is a safe community populated by friendly people, they’ve forgotten that Hardin County is not Mayberry.

Subsequently, car thefts are on the rise. In recent weeks, stories have been published about multiple vehicles being taken or ransacked in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and even Upton.

Police refer to it as a crime of opportunity. Most criminals will move along if they find locked doors. The chance of discovery and apprehension is much greater if they resort breaking out a window.

Whether the cars are taken for joy rides, to be sold on a black market or disassembled for parts, the resulting headache for the vehicle’s owner and for the police is the same. A lot of paperwork and unnecessary worry.

It all can be averted simply by pushing a button in the car or on the key fob.

This is as simple as we can put it: Lock your car doors. Make it a habit.

Do yourself and the police a favor.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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