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Misplaced Cars Causing Problems For Police

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police said missing cars reported stolen are wasting their time and resources. However, a new formed partnership might offer just the solution.

Parking in downtown Nashville can be as easy or as difficult as you'd like.

"We just got into the downtown area two minutes ago, and this is the place we found," said Ronald Taylor, who is visiting Nashville from Maryland.

But what happens if you go to the spot where you think you've parked, and your car isn't there? Police say people are reporting their cars stolen often.

"Most of those cars were either towed or the person could not find their car and reported it stolen," said Metro Police Sergeant John Bourque.

Police say just last year more than 38 percent of auto theft reports were unfounded, they were cars simply misplaced.

"We just had one last week. The person does the right thing and takes a cab home because they're intoxicated, goes to look for their car and they think they parked on one street then they did, but they parked on another street and report it stolen, a week later, the car is found," said Bourque. "Everything is ok, but it takes up police resources that aren't necessary and the customer is out a week without their car because they don't know where they parked it."

It's why police are partnering with companies, like Central Parking, which is now owned by Standard Parking which will soon have signs on their pay boxes that include location number, its address and name, as well as a smart phone QR code that can be scanned. A text will then be sent for a reminder.

Some say a simple reminder is just what people need.

"Maybe some older people might need something like that or people who just aren't paying attention, they're busy that day and I think any type of reminder is good," said Barry Boston, a Nashville resident who came for a visit downtown.

It's a measure that could save you time, and the time of our law enforcement officers too.

Standard Parking officials said they will begin putting up the signs next week. Police said Last Parking garages will print out helpful information on their receipts.

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