Car Theft

Information provided courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States . Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money – and increase everyone’s insurance premiums. These vehicles also are often used to commit other crimes. Don’t become a victim of this serious crime.

The Basic Prevention Policy

• Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.
• Always lock your car, even if it’s in front of your home.
• Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver’s license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.
• Keep the keys to your home and car separate.
• Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s enough gas to get there and back.
• Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.
• If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.
• Don’t pick up hitchhikers. Don’t hitchhike yourself.
• If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a CB radio or cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in an emergency.

Reduce Your Risk

• Walk with purpose and stay alert.
• Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before you get in.
• Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers. Trust your instincts – if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.

Information provided courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

Click on any link below for more information on the Crime Prevention:

Personal Protection
Home Protection
Raising Streetwise Kids
Senior Crime Prevention