Chattanooga Fire Department asks for public help to stop vehicle break-ins

They've had a rash of burglaries in personal vehicles while firefighters are out of the station

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga firefighters are enduring a rash of vehicle break-ins while they are out fighting fires.

The burglaries have happened at Fire Station 1 (downtown on Main Street), Station 9 (East Lake), Station 5 (Highland Park), Station 19 (Hixson), Station 4 (off Dodson Avenue), Station 6 (Bonny Oaks), Station 7 (Discovery Drive off Hickory Valley Road), Station 13 (Brainerd).

They generally happen when the firefighters leave the station on calls.

So they are asking people in the neighborhoods around the stations to keep an eye out while the firefighters are gone.

The most recent case happened during the Highland Park house fire this week.

After firefighters left the station, windows of their private vehicles were smashed and personal items stolen.

“It was an added burden on an already stressful shift.”

“If you see something at your neighborhood fire station, please call 911 to report any suspicious activity.  If you have any information on these cases, call CPD at 423-698-2525. You can also submit an anonymous tip on the CPD mobile app.”

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