The key to preventing theft from vehicles starts with YOU!
Nobody wants to be a victim of crime, but if you leave your purse, computer, tools or other valuable items in your auto, you’re increasing the risk that you will become a theft-from-vehicle victim.
Many thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. The message- if thieves can see it, they will steal it.
By simply locking the doors of your vehicle and by taking valuable items with you or hiding them in a locked trunk, you can dramatically reduce the risk of being a crime victim.
Police also remind drivers that home garages are for parking vehicles, not for storage. By removing your vehicle from the street or driveway, you lessen the chances of a thief breaking in to steal a car stereo, or even the entire vehicle.
What are thieves looking for? The answer: EVERYTHING
This includes: audio equipment; cash; purses; cell phones; tools; clothes; driver’s licenses and other personal documents; check books; luggage; cameras; anything of value or personal identification.
*And if a thief manages to get anything on it with your personal information, including a social security number, you are now in danger of also becoming an Identity Theft victim.
Quick tips for prevention:
- Lock doors and take keys with you
- Park in secure/well lit location
- Don’t leave valuables out in plain sight, lock them in a trunk or take them with you
- Park in your home garage
Lock it or Lose it! The key to preventing theft from vehicles starts with YOU