A South Carolina sheriff’s office is warning that a manufacturing defect allows criminals to manipulate the locks on later models of Dodge Chargers.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Curtis Wilson told South Carolina Radio Network that Chargers owners should be vigilant until they have it checked. “Park in well-lighted areas, put them in a garage. And make sure you take personal items out of the vehicle,” Wilson said.
He said from Jan. 1–Aug. 9, deputies have responded to 64 incidents involving Dodge Chargers with a lock problem, which he says is “why we figured we should put it out” for individuals who own Dodge Chargers.
Wilson suggested if you own a Dodge Charger, regardless of where you live, take it to a dealer.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Motor Vehicle Theft Unit offered these tips if you own one these vehicles to protect yourself from thieves:
- Never leave anything of value in plain view or inside your vehicle (i.e. electronics, purses, money, shopping bags, etc.) — keep it safe, keep it hidden, and keep it locked.
- When storing items inside your vehicle, be mindful of your surroundings so that no one can see where you are placing your belongings.
- Park your vehicle in a well-lit location.
- Always remember to lock your doors when exiting your vehicle, make sure that all windows are completely rolled up.
- Never leave your vehicle running, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
- Never leave the registration or title in your vehicle.
- Install an anti-theft device or system on your vehicle as an extra deterrent.
- Never leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle, especially if your car is parked in front of your house.
- Never leave a gun in your vehicle.