Police issue crime alert about stolen documents

Documents are disappearing from vehicles in the 5th Precinct. The precinct’s crime analyst has noticed rising thefts in recent weeks of vehicle or health insurance information, vehicle registration, owner’s manuals, receipts and claims information.

Such thefts have been reported in neighborhoods including Whittier, Lowry Hill East, CARAG, Lyndale, East Harriet and Kingfield.

Police say the only documents legally required to be on hand while driving are a driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Police are reminding residents not to leave valuables in vehicles, including things like gym bags that aren’t valuable but may look tempting from the outside. Police also recommend storing items when necessary in the trunk before arriving at a destination, especially when arriving at a busy location.