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Vehicle theft and burglary prevention tips

Auto theft can occur at any time and at any location. The majority of property crimes, such as vehicle burglaries, are crimes of opportunity. Removing the opportunity can go a long way to safeguard your property.

Follow these tips to reduce your chances of becoming the victim of auto theft or burglary:

  • Never leave your car running unattended.
  • Never leave any keys in the car or ignition.
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle. 
  • Park in busy, well-lighted areas while out. 
  • Install and set an auto alarm system. 
  • Consider using a device that locks the steering wheel, column or brakes. These devices will deter some criminals.
  • Never leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • If you must leave your key with a valet or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. 
  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on third row seats, doors, fenders and catalytic converters. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts. 

If your vehicle is stolen or burglarized, make sure to report it to the local law enforcement agency of the area immediately.  Keep your license plate and VIN numbers recorded in a safe place so that you can provide them when making a report.