were being stolen off cars, one car was found on blocks and one
person returned from a trip and found out their vehicle was completely
stolen from the Park 'N Go lot at 31555 Wick Road in Romulus, Mich.
Mich. -- AmericaJR.com
has learned there have been seven cases of larcenies reported from
vehicles parked at or around Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
from September through November 2009. There were many more larcenies
that were not reported to the police. Hotel
parking lots have the highest amount of crime because they do not
have high fences and 24/7 security. Now is a great time for a safety
lesson because Christmas is only nine days away. Holiday traffic
will increase at the airport over the Christmas and New Year's Eve
We've received e-mails and reports from people coming back to town
finding their cars missing, items stolen, GPS devices gone, and
tires being removed from their cars.
regards to the parking lots, I know we've been getting reports of
break-ins at the hotels," said Tim Burns, public affairs director
of the Better Business Bureau's Eastern Michigan division. "The
hotel business is focused on making sure people are safe within
their building, not necessarily within the parking lot. A lot of
those facilities have people coming and going and may not be as
lighted. Their focus is not really protecting the cars, but making
sure you have a safe experience within their building."
submitted freedom of information requests to obtain police reports
from the Romulus Police Department and the Wayne County Airport
Authority, which oversees Detroit Metropolitan Airport. We asked
for reports of cars/trucks/SUVs that were vandalized and/or stolen
from the Detroit Metro Airport parking structures, U.S. Park, Quik
Park, Airlines Parking and Park-N-Go over the last three months.
would say you don't really have a lot to worry about if you park
at one of our facilities here at Detroit Metropolitan Airport,"
said Michael Conway, public affairs director for the Wayne County
Airport Authority. "I asked our police department to scan those
statistics for the past six months. In that space of time, we've
handled 16 or 17 million passengers, who knows how many employees,
meeters and greeters, probably close to 25 million people. We've
had no stolen vehicles out of either of our structures, and we've
had three larcenies from a vehicle."
- 3:29 a.m. Baymont Inn Hotel 9600 Wickham Rd.
hand gun stolen, Kenwood DVD player stolen
- 10:52 a.m. U.S. Park 9601 Middlebelt Rd.
200W stolen from a Ford Edge SUV
- 12:03 a.m. Quality Inn Hotel 9555 Middlebelt Rd.
GPS stolen, 2 pairs of Oakley Sunglasses stolen and a blue
Apple iPod stolen
- 12:30 a.m. Quality Inn Hotel 9555 Middlebelt Rd.
Bauer vest stolen, London Fog 3/4 coat stolen, CD case with
25 CDs inside stolen
Romulus Police Department
- 8:55 a.m. DTW McNamara Structure
woman's gold diamond ring stolen from the Valet desk on level
- 5:01 p.m. DTW McNamara Structure
driver windows smashed on a Chrysler Fifth Avenue
- 5:11 p.m. DTW McNamara Structure
driver windows smashed on a 2002 Chevy Truck
- 4:50 p.m. DTW McNamara Structure
front window broken, passenger rear door found ajar on a 2010
- 6:46 p.m. DTW Big Blue Deck Structure
broken, hanging; bumper was keyed on a 2002 Saturn
Wayne County Airport Authority
thing you can do to protect your contents, even though we have a
very low crime rate here, things can still happen," Conway
added. "What you want to do is remove the temptation from the
criminal. So if you leave valuables laying around in the car in
plain view, you're providing a temptation for a criminal. If you
see a laptop or a fur coat or some cash sitting on the seat, they
might decide on the spur of the moment decide they're going to break
into the car."
some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe so that you don't become
the next target for crime.
you need to do is look out to see what is the most secure area,"
Burns said. "Most cases, it will be a private parking lot that
has fencing around it, it will also have some lighting and security
people around to make sure people aren't breaking into your cars."
Go (at 31555 Wick Road) is also another hotspot for crime. We got
e-mails and complaints from travelers saying there is a huge opening
in the fence, hubcaps were being stolen off cars, one car was found
on blocks and one person returned from a trip and found out their
vehicle was completely stolen.
lot has a fence but is always open," said TripAdvisor.com member
monkeycat5 from Ohio. "Our hubcaps were stolen and another
car was on blocks having had their tires stolen! There is not a
secure parking lot for their Park and Fly."
we returned from Florida, ten days later, we found our van had been
stolen," said TripAdvisor.com member trackandccoach form Detroit.
"The police officer also stated thefts were a problem in the
area. I would recommend leaving your car in a gated, secured lot
and avoid and hotel park and fly offers."
we returned, we were shocked to find our car had been sitting for
two weeks unlocked with the keys in it," said Citysearch.com
member Fleetwood72. "We were upset and the driver became quite
rude when we asked if it had been sitting unlocked for two weeks.
We decided to take this up to the manager on duty. We asked for
the owners name and he would not give them to us, but said we could
call back and talk to him later."
stayed at the Quality Inn Hotel (at 9555 Middlebelt Road) and got
their car broken into. "We left our car for five days and returned
to a smashed car," said TripAdvisor.com member kirkland2 form
London, Ontario. "Of course, no security, no one saw anything
and the hotel would not take responsibility."
the manager of the Quality Inn Hotel and asked him about any recent
break-ins. "No, that never happened here," the manager
said. "I've had no problem. We have cameras all the time here.
Oh, you mean on the lot? We don't have cameras. But they don't leave
cars here. I believe there was one incident at the Days Inn. There
was a drunk guy coming out of the bar. They kicked him out of the
hotel and he start smashing the cars."
the cars were smashed at the Days Inn Hotel next door, even though
we had police reports that said otherwise. I went to the Days Inn
Hotel (at 9501 Middlebelt Road) and asked the front desk manager
about any recent break-ins.
that's next door at the Quality Inn," said the front desk manager
at the Days Inn Hotel. "No, not at all. I didn't get anything.
My general manager is the one that does the security. So I'll have
to call her. She said that she's going to call you back. She's in
a meeting right now."
a month later and I still haven't received a call back from the
Days Inn Hotel.
conditions at the Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel (at 9000 Wickham
Road)? Just as bad or worse.
had our tires stolen off my car while it was parked here for a week,"
said TripAdvisor.com member bigcheesedriver from Ohio. "We
parked directly under the parking light and had all four wheels
stolen off my Impala. they called my husband the day before and
told him my car was now on blocks. I did have to sign a paper before
we left relieving them of all thefts. The shuttle driver told us
when we returned that we were lucky, that the last people he brought
back lost their whole car. I guess I was 'lucky.'"
huge signs in the Baymont Inn parking lot that read: "Not responsible
for lost or stolen items."
I went inside
the Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel to get some answers. "We
don't have security here," the front desk person admits. "It's
all over the place. It's not a secured area. Guests have a waiver
that they sign whenever they check in, uh, stating they understand
that this is not a secured lot. They're leaving their vehicle here
at their own risk. The manager's actually in training right now.
She wouldn't be able to speak with you."
is so bad outside the Baymont hotel that all guests must sign a
waiver that the hotel is not responsible to any damage to property.
Guests can pay for one night and leave their car in the hotel's
parking lot for up to 10 days for an additional fee. Romulus Police
says this program violates city ordinances.
don't really want to park your car where people off the street have
access to it easily," said Burns of the BBB. "When you
park at the hotel, you should look at a few things. How close is
it to your room, how close is it to a visible location where other
people could see someone fooling around or monkeying around with
your car that could cause you a problem. And how lighted is it around
it to make sure that people can't sneak up to the car and get into
it without someone in the area seeing them."
one of the unsafest places to park near the airport because they
do not have high fences or 24/7 security.
Johnson Hotel (at 7600 Merriman Road) is also a hotspot for crime.
came back from our destination wedding/honeymoon after two and a
half weeks to find my car had been broken into," said TripAdvisor.com
member drkatie1 from Erie, Penn. "The police told me it was
the third time that week. Everything was stolen and my window was
smashed. I wanted to stop people from walking into their lobby."
I went inside
the Howard Johnson Hotel to do some investigating. "Uh, they're
not in right now," the front desk person said after I requested
to speak with a manager.
lots are lighted and fenced and they're patrolled," Conway
said about the airport's two parking structures. "The police
patrol through, the parking lot management company provides patrols,
and there's any number of law enforcement folks that work here at
the airport in other roles than to watch the parking lots but they're
moving through the baggage claim and through the parking facilities
all the time. A lot of them are in plain clothes. There's a lot
of eyes watching you and the camera never sleeps. You'd have to
be pretty stupid to try to commit a crime in a major, international
One of the
safest places to park is at the Big Blue Deck, across from the North
Terminal and the parking structure across from the McNamara Terminal.
Garmin GPS, 2 pairs of Oakley Sunglasses, a blue Apple iPod, an
Eddie Bauer vest, a London Fog 3/4 coat, and a CD case with 25 CDs
inside were all stolen from vehicles in the Quality Inn Hotel parking