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Monday, February 9, 2009

Auto Theft Protection

  • Lock your car. Take your keys.
  • Never hide a spare key on the vehicle.
  • Roll up windows completely.
  • Remove keys from ignition.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • When parking in attended lots or parking garages, leave only the ignition key with the attendant.
  • Park as close as possible to an open business.
  • Do not leave valuables in sight to tempt a thief.
  • Always park with the wheels turned toward the curb.
  • Back your car into the driveway. If you drive forward into the driveway, a car thief could raise the hood to hot wire the car, and it would appear to the neighbors that you were just working on the car.
  • If you have a garage, use it.
  • Lock your garage door.
  • When going out of town, if possible, remove the distributor cap or the coil wire.
  • Never leave your car running while it is unattended.

If Your Car Is Stolen...

  • Call police.
  • Vehicle theft should be reported as soon as possible. However, before the vehicle can be listed as stolen, you must have your vehicle's license number and/or the vehicle identification number (sometimes called VIN).
  • Stolen vehicles are sometimes used in the commission of other crimes.
  • Quick action often results in recovery of your vehicle as well as prevention of another crime.
  • If the criminal is apprehended, be willing to file charges.
  • Testify in court.

Follow Up

  • If you recover your own vehicle, you must not touch or move your vehicle in order to preserve possible evidence.

Identifying Your Car

  • Etch Vehicle Identification Numbers on window glass trim.
  • Engrave expensive accessories such as T-tops, radios, etc. with car's Vehicle Identification Number.
  • Drop a business card into the door frame.
  • If possible, retain copies of all vehicle paperwork at home in a safe place.
  • It is not good practice to keep the original certificate of title in the vehicle. If the car is stolen, this title can be altered easily and/or your signature can be forged.


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