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Police working on solutions to help people find their cars more easily

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

After a night downtown, you go to look for your car but can't find it. Was it stolen or are you just looking in the wrong place? It's a common question that's causing big problems for police, and they're now taking action.

"All the garages kind of look the same. Can't find your car, they think it's stolen, 'I definitely parked here,' report it stolen. Turns out, a couple of weeks later, we find it in another garage. It was never stolen," said Sgt. John Bourque with Metro Police.

On average, 38 percent of the time, the cars "stolen" downtown are actually just misplaced.

Police spend too much time trying to find lost cars when they could be focusing on real crimes.

Plus, police don't want people to be wandering around downtown late at night.

"It's easier to be a victim when you're off by yourself somewhere," Bourque said.

So police are taking action to now ask lot and garage owners to print their addresses on their tickets. They also want address signs.

"Say you got intoxicated, you decided to take a cab home because you're doing the right thing. The next day you wake up and go, 'OK, I know I didn't drive home. Where's my car?' Well, if you took a picture of the sign that shows the address of the parking lot or parking garage, then you would know where your car is," Bourque said.

It's not that police mind helping us out; they just want to keep people safe and be efficient about it.

Police say they are just now starting to contact the lot owners and hope to see changes very shortly.

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