Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Precautions

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  •   Remove your keys from the ignition and take your keys with you.
  •   Lock your vehicle.
  •   Never hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.
  •   Park in attended lots.
  •   If you park in an attended lot, leave only the ignition/door key.
  •   Park in well-lighted areas.
  •   Never leave your vehicle running, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  •   Completely close all vehicle windows when parking.
  •   Do not leave valuables in plain sight.
  •   Park with your wheels turned towards the curb to make your vehicle more difficult to tow away.
  •   If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, backing into your driveway will also make it more difficult for a thief to tow it away.
  •   Garage your vehicle if you have one and always remember to lock the garage door.
  •   Do not leave the registration or title in your vehicle.
  •   Always use your emergency brake when parking, which ensures safety and also makes it difficult for a thief to tow your vehicle away.
  •   Etch your vehicle identification number on car windows and major parts. This procedure makes vehicles and parts more easily traceable when stolen.
  •   Disable your vehicle when leaving it unattended for an extended period of time.
  •   Engrave expensive accessories like car stereos, cellular phones, compact disc changers, external speakers, etc., so that the thief will have difficulty disposing of them.
  •   Drop business cards, address labels or other identification inside vehicle doors to help assist law enforcement in identifying your vehicle or parts.
  •   Replace easily accessible door lock assemblies.
  •   Install an anti theft device or system on your vehicle as an extra deterrent measure.

 


Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA]

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