Due to the proliferation of electronic devices such as GPS units, iPods, laptop computers and smart phones, vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles are on the rise nationally. These crimes are becoming so common because people make it far too easy and tempting for a thief to gain access to their vehicles by leaving valuables in plain view.
Thieves can quickly enter vehicles, often sight unseen. Some common methods of entry into a vehicle are:
- Smashing out a window commonly known as “SMASH AND GRAB”
- Using a tool to open a door or unlock the door through an open window
- No force necessary, door(s) unlocked
Most likely targets for theft:
- Any vehicle with a visible GPS unit, radar detector, visible power cord or mount
- Vehicles with a brief case, purse, gym bag or other valuables left in plain sight
- Vehicles where a mobile phone is visible
Most thefts are preventable!
However, most thefts from motor vehicles are preventable. There are just a few things you need to do to prevent them. Once you realize the steps you need to take, we are counting on you to do them on a continual basis.
- Close your windows and lock your doors
- Remove all valuables or place them in your trunk
- Remove “pull-out” style or removable car stereo face plates
- Do not leave keys in vehicle
- Do not leave a car running
- If possible, move mounting hardware out of sight. It could indicate to a thief that a device is inside the vehicle.
- Mark your valuables with your Driver’s License or Identification Card number
- Use anti-theft devices such as an audible alarm
- Park in well lit areas
- Make sure your vehicle’s windows are rolled up and the doors locked before leaving your vehicle
- Don’t trust your vehicle remote to lock your doors - DOUBLE CHECK!
- Don't park where others cannot see your vehicle, such as behind buildings, shrubbery, landscaping berms, or larger vehicle/trucks