Monday, February 9, 2009
- 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.
- 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.