Don't Make it Easy for a Thief to Steal
One vehicle is stolen every 21
seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles
cost victims time and money-and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They
are also often used to commit other crimes. Don't become a victim of this
THE BASIC PREVENTION POLICY
Never leave your car running or the
keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even "just for a
Always roll up the windows and lock the
car, even if it is in front of the home.
Never leave valuables in plain view,
even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of
sight. Buy radios, tape and CD players that can be removed and locked
in the trunk.
Park in busy, well lighted areas.
When you pay to park in a lot or
garage, leave just the ignition key with the attendant. Make sure no personal
information is attached. Do the same when you take your car in for
ADD EXTRA PROTECTION
ETCH the vehicle identification number
on the windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This helps discourage
professional thief's who have to either remove or replace etched parts
before selling the car.
Install a mechanical locking
device-commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars that lock the steering
wheel, column, or brake to prevent the wheel from being moved more
than a few degrees.
WHAT ABOUT CARJACKING?
car by force-has captured headlines in the last few years. Statistically
your chances of being a carjacking victim are very slim, and preventive
actions can reduce the risk even more.
Approach your car with the key in hand.
Look around and inside before getting in.
When driving, keep your car doors
locked and windows rolled up at all times.
Be especially alert at intersections,
gas stations, ATMs, shopping malls, convince stores and grocery
stores-all are windows of opportunity for car jackers.
Park in well-lighted areas with good visibility,
close to walkways, stores and people.
If the carjacker has a weapon, give up
the car with no questions asked. Your life is worth more than your
BEWARE OF THE "BUMP AND ROB"
It works like this. A car thief
usually with a driver and at least one passenger, rear ends or
"bumps" you in traffic. You get out to check the damage. The
driver or one of the passengers jumps in your car and drives off.
If you're bumped by another car,
look around before you get out. Make sure there are other cars around,
check out the car that's rear ended you and who's in it. If the situation
makes you uneasy, stay in the car and insist on moving to a police station
or busy, well lighted area to exchange information.
Information provided by the National Crime