Auto Theft Prevention
DISCOURAGE A CAR THIEF!
- TAKE YOUR KEYS: Nearly 20% of all cars stolen had the keys in them.
- LOCK YOUR CAR: About 50% of all cars stolen were left unlocked.
- NEVER HIDE A SECOND SET OF KEYS IN YOUR CAR: Extra Keys can be found if the thief takes time to look.
- PARK IN WELL-LIGHTED AREAS: Over half of all car thefts occur at night.
- NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING, EVEN IF YOU'LL ONLY BE A MINUTE: Cars are commonly stolen at convenient stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc...Many cars are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the car running to warm up.
- DISABLE YOUR VEHICLE WHEN LEAVING IT UNATTENDED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD: Remove the electronic ignition fuse, coil wire, rotor distributor, or otherwise disable your vehicle anytime thieves may have extended access to it.
- REPLACE "T" SHAPED DOOR LOCKS WITH STRAIGHT LOCKS: Some vehicle doors have lock assemblies at window level that flare out in a knob or "T" shape. A thief can use various tools to gain access inside the vehicle, grab and pull the lock. Straight locks prevent this.
- VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): Stolen cars/parts are more easily traced when vehicle VIN numbers have been etched on car windows and major parts.
- ENGRAVE EXPENSIVE ACCESSORIES: Engrave personal I.D. numbers on stereos, cellular phones, etc...so the thief will have difficulty selling them.
- COMPLETELY CLOSE CAR WINDOWS WHEN PARKING: Don't make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle.
- DON'T LEAVE VALUABLES IN PLAIN VIEW: Don't make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.
- IF YOU HAVE A GARAGE, USE IT: If you have a garage, take the time to use it rather than parking outside where your car is more vulnerable.
- WHEN PARKING IN A GARAGE, LOCK THE GARAGE DOOR AND YOUR VEHICLE: By locking both the garage and vehicle doors, the chances of deterring a thief greatly improve.
- DON'T LEAVE THE REGISTRATION OR TITLE IN YOUR CAR: A thief will use these to sell your stolen car. File the title at your home or office, and carry registration in your purse or wallet.