Hawaii airport officials discuss auto thefts in parking lots

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division and the Department of Public Safety held a news conference on Friday to talk about the auto thefts involving unsecured vehicles from airport parking lots.

The message is simple: lock your car and don’t leave your keys.

In May, the airport saw five vehicle thefts. In June, there were seven thefts. In July, there were 14 vehicle thefts to date, 13 of which were carsharing vehicles or person-to-person car rental businesses.

“We strongly advise the owners of these rental vehicles to lock their vehicles, do not leave the windows or keys in or around the vehicle,” said Lt. Bryan Marciel, Commander, Sheriff Airport Section, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Marciel said thieves are easily defeating the lockboxes to gain access to vehicle keys.

“I think the responsibility is on the car owner to ensure that they safeguard their investment and following all the safety precautions,” he said.

Ross Higashi, HDOT Deputy Director for Airports, said in response to the increase in vehicle thefts, the airport has ramped up security in their parking lots and surrounding areas.

Higashi also wanted to remind the public that no vehicle should be parked in the airport structure without an airport permit issued by the HDOT Airports Division.

If you see any suspicious activity, contact the sheriffs airport dispatch at 808-836-6606.

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