Lock Your Car
Lock all doors and windows to avoid being a target.
Don’t Leave Your Car Running
Leaving your car running and unoccupied may seem convenient, especially to warm the car in winter, but it’s an invitation to a thief.
Install Anti-Theft Devices
Installing an anti-theft device such as a locking device for your steering wheel or ignition cut device tells a potential thief that you are protecting your vehicle. A car alarm is a deterrent and will detect any attempt at an intrusion and help protect the car’s contents.
Remove all items of value or place them in the trunk of your vehicle. Cell phones, briefcases, loose change, and tape or CD players are obvious targets for criminals.
Be Smart When You Park
Park in a safe, well-lit area where it would be difficult for someone to tamper with your vehicle. At home, use your garage or park as close to your residence as possible, preferably off the street.
Protect Your Registration
Keep your vehicle registration in a secure location in the car. Keep your title at home or in a safe deposit box.
Protect Yourself in Your Car
Never pick up a hitchhiker, it’s just not safe. Remember to keep your doors locked at all times. If someone approaches your car, do not open the door or window; if possible, drive away.
USE YOUR BLOCK WATCH
Practice good Block Watch techniques by quickly calling the police when you observe any suspicious activities in your community. The police want to know when you see a stranger or an unusual vehicle. Your call may prevent a crime from happening in your community.