vehicle is stolen every 19 seconds in the United States.
cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cause economic hardship for
victims, increase everyone's insurance premiums, and may be used
to commit other, violent crimes.
few common sense steps can help you avoid being a victim of the
nation's fastest growing property crime..
DAY CARS DISAPPEAR FROM:
- vehicle theft can happen anyplace, anytime. Lock it if you don't
want to lose it.
ACTION TO PREVENT AUTO THEFT
- NEVER leave your car running.
- NEVER leave your keys in the car or ignition.
- ALWAYS roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it's in front of
- NEVER leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put
them in the trunk or at least out of sight.
- ALWAYS park in busy, well-lighted areas.
- ALWAYS leave just the ignition key with the attendant, if you park in
a commercial garage or lot. Make sure no identifying information
is attached. Do the same when you take your car in for repairs.
your registration and insurance card with you. Don't leave
personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
your tage number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a
card and keep them with your driver's license. If your vehicle
is stolen, the police need this information.
THIEVES AWAY - USE DETERRENTS
your vehicle identification number (VIN) on your vehicles windows,
doors, fenders, and the trunk lid. Auto theft investigators believe
this deters professional thieves, who have to either remove or
replace etched parts before selling the car.
a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column,
or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few
degrees. Commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars, these devices
must be installed property - and used - to be effective.
into CAT (Combined Auto Theft) and HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft)
partnership programs where citizens voluntarily register their
cars with the police, and allow the police to stop the car during
certain hours when they normally would not be driving. All participants
display decals in a designated area on their vehicles.
security systems if you live in a high-theft area or drive a theft-prone
money on anti-theft devices doesn't help if drivers don't practice
the basics - locking the car and taking the keys - and using the
anti-theft devices they bought.
- stealing a car by force - has captured headlines across the country.
Statistically, your chances of being a carjacking victim are very
slim, and preventive actions can reduce the risk even more.
the carjacker has a weapon, give up your car with no questions
asked. Your life is worth more than a car.
your car doors locked and windows closed at all times.
especially alert at gas stations, shopping malls, convenience
and grocery stores, and intersections - all are likely spots for
in well-lighted areas with good visibility, close to walkways,
stores and people.
your car with the key in your hand. Look around and inside the
car before getting in.
a stolen vehicle to law enforcement immediately, and report abandoned
cars to the local agency that handles their removal.
an auto theft awareness/prevention event. Partner with law enforcement
agencies, civic organizations, and businesses. Try a car wash,
display at a shopping mall, or organize a demonstration that shows
how a car can be "chopped" into thousands of dollars
worth of parts in minutes.
joyriding is a problem in your community, work to improve recreational
and job opportunities for young people.
out to victims of auto theft by offering advice on dealing with
insurance claims and providing prevention information.
insurance companies and state motor vehicle agencies to include
carjacking and other vehicle theft prevention information in all
auto theft prevention information in driver education classes
and the waiting rooms of dealer service departments, rental car
agencies, and auto repair shops.
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