Automobile theft is a frequent, costly crime - a crime of opportunity. Your vehicle is often your second largest purchase and theft results in financial loss and great inconvenience. The following are steps to prevent vehicle theft and theft of your belongings:
When Parking Your Vehicle:
- Always park in your garage if you have one. Lock your car, close all windows and lock the garage doors. If that is not possible, always park in a well-lighted area, whether at home, work, school or at a retail shopping area. (This also adds to your personal safety.)
- Do not hide a key in your parked car. Take your keys with you. When parking in "attended" lots or parking garages, leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Never leave your key ring with other keys or with a tag that provides your name, address or telephone number.
- Be cautious about parking your car in an untended lot or space (where, for example, you are required to swipe a credit card for payment, or insert money in a payment slot). Vehicles can be stolen from these unattended parking lots and spaces.