Aiken County Sheriff's Office

One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the US.

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

Information provided courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council

The Basic Prevention Policy

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.


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

Personal Protection
Home Protection
Car Theft
Raising Streetwise Kids
Senior Crime Prevention