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Shaved Keys Found in Car By Kennewick Police. Four Arrested For Car Thefts

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Locking your car is a constant reminder from police. But thieves have other ways to break in using shaved keys.

"They take regular car keys and they file them down to make them a little more smooth, so they'll work in multiple vehicles," said Sergeant Ken Lattin, from the Kennewick Police Department.

Sergeant Lattin says more than 10 of them were found in one car after a recent traffic stop.

Lattin say even in a different model car, a shaved key could work.

"So if it's a Chevy key in a different model Chevy car, the key fits in there, but what thieves do is they take that same key and file down the edges, to make it more generic, and then when they slip it in, it turns," said Lattin.

Staff at Mount's Locksmith in Kennewick say it doesn't take long for thieves to alter keys.

"People who want to get into an automobile or a house, when given enough time they will get in, a lock only keeps an honest person honest," said Clay Chapin, with Mount's Locksmith in Kennewick.

Honest or not police say always lock your car to be safe.

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