Tips to Prevent Car Theft

Common Sense is your best defense

  1. Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Items left in the open attract thieves.
  2. Lock your vehicle, close all windows and sunroof, and take your keys.
  3. Never hide a second set of keys in or on your vehicle. Thieves know all the hiding places.
  4. Never leave the registration or title in your car. If stolen, this makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle. Keep it with your driver’s license or on your person.
  5. Don’t leave important documents such as bank statements, credit card bills/statements or other
    personal information in your vehicle. Thieves can use this information to steal your identity and access your bank and credit card accounts.
  6. Never leave your vehicle running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at ATMs, conveniences stores, etc.
  7. Park in well-lit areas with plenty of pedestrian traffic, or when possible, in attendant lots. If you have to leave your key with an attendant, leave only the ignition and door key.
  8. Always use your emergency brake and leave your transmission in park (standard transmissions should be left in gear) when parked. Also, turn the wheels toward the curb. This makes towing your vehicle more difficult. Thieves use tow trucks to steal vehicles.
  9. If you have a garage, use it. When parked in a garage, lock the garage as well as your vehicle and
    close the windows.
  10. If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, use it.
  11. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway. Conversely, if your vehicle is front-wheel drive, pull forward into your driveway. Always use your emergency brake. This makes towing difficult.

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