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COMMUNITY ALERT: Take Precautions To Prevent Car Thefts

February 1, 2017
 Here are 10 things you can do to help protect your car from theft:

  1. Never leave your car unlocked
  2. Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked. If you use a key fob to stop and start your car, it is especially important to know that your car can be driven if it's been started by the key fob and the key fob is NOT in or near the car.
  3. Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle
    Many people keep a spare key under the car, just in case they get locked out and thieves know exactly where to check for an extra key.  
  4. Never leave your windows open
    Even during the summer when it is scorching hot, don’t leave your windows open or slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle.
  5. Park in well-lit, public areas
    Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the public.  
  6. Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device
    Car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract attention when they go off.  
  7. Install a vehicle immobilizer system
    Thieves can bypass your ignition by “hotwiring” your car. You can prevent this by using a vehicle mobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys
  8. Consider installing a GPS tracking system
    When your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the police of your vehicle’s location.  
  9. Don’t leave valuable personal property in your car
    The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. 
  10. Use Common Sense
    If you are wary of the safety of your car or see someone loitering around the parking lot, it’s best to park somewhere else. It’s better to walk a few extra steps than to have your car stolen because you ignored your instincts.


 
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