South County billboard wants drivers to ‘Turn Up The Heat On Thieves’

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The weather is heating up and now is the time to warn drivers about leaving valuables in their cars and staying vigilant about thieves.

The St. Louis County Police department wants you to remove your belongings and their good neighbor Harster Heating and Air Conditioning was there to lend a helping hand. That’s because as the temperature rises, so do the number of auto thefts.

So when it was time for Harster to put up their annual electronic billboard sign on the corner of Tesson Ferry and Gravois, they wanted to lock in the St. Louis County Police Department to help them get the word out.

‘Turn Up the Heat on Thieves’ is what they came up with.

You have to pay attention when you drive by, because it`s on a rotating electronic billboard with many other adds but the message is simple, don`t leave anything in your car and report suspicious activity. You`d be surprised that theft numbers go down.

It doesn`t matter how many times we`ve all heard the message, it helps to be reminded
Kinda like your neighbors need to be on the lookout for you, Harster who has been locally owned and operated since 1950 and was on the lookout for their police department.

Now the captain said that the parking lots are hot targets during the day and it takes no time to smash a window and grab what they need. Later at night, residential areas become hot targets. Just make sure you take all your valuables out and please if you see anything suspicious call your local police department.

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