Theft Prevention Tips
Help to protect the theft of your car by observing the following car tips from the state police.
- Take Your Keys.
- Nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them.
- Lock Your Car.
- Approximately 50% of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
- Never Hide a Second Set of Keys in Your Car.
- Extra keys can easily be found if a thief takes time to look.
- Park in Well-Lit Areas.
- Over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night.
- Park in Attended Lots.
- Car thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots.
- If You use Valet Parking, Leave Only the Ignition/Door Key.
- If your trunk and glove box use the same key as the door, have one of
them changed. Don't give the attendant easy access to your glove box and
- Upon returning, check the tires, spare and battery to insure they are
the same as those you had when you parked.
- Never Leave Your Car Running, Even if You'll Only Be Gone for a Minute.
- Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATM's,
etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves
the vehicle running to warm up.
- If Your Vehicle is Rear-Wheel Drive, Back Into Your Driveway.
- Rear wheels lock on four-wheel drive vehicles, making them difficult
to tow. Front-wheel drive vehicles should be parked front end first.
- Don't Leave the Registration or Title in Your Car.
- A car 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.
- 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
- 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 car/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 car stereos, cellular phones, etc.,
so the thief will have difficulty disposing of them.
- Drop Business Cards, Address Labels, or Other I.D. Inside Vehicle Doors.
- Car thieves usually alter vehicle identification numbers. By marking
your vehicle as much as possible, you assist police in identifying your
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