Auto Burglary Safety Tips
Remove visible items from your vehicle
If you leave items visible in your car, you are a
target. Be aware that someone may be watching as
you put a wallet, purse, or cell phone under your
seat, especially at a gym. Take these with you.
- Lock your vehicle and take your keys, even for quick errands.
- Lock the trunk, hatchback or tailgate to block access into the vehicle.
- Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs.
Please remove them from your vehicle. If you
carry and find yourself not able to take your gun
into a particular facility, get a lock box to
safely lock your gun away temporarily. Vehicle
gun safes such as “Stack-On gun lock box with
cable” attach to your metal frame of the car
seat making it almost impossible to easily steal
Buy an alarm and use it! Many people believe that
alarms no longer make a difference; however, they
do remain an effective deterrent to a burglar.
Remember criminals are looking for the easy
Do not attach personal information to your keys
If your keys are stolen, having your personal
information or vehicle license number attached
only compounds the problem. A criminal now may
have access to your home, automobile or office.
Do not leave outgoing or incoming mail in your car, especially where visible. This has your name and address on it.
Garage Door Opener
Avoid leaving this in your car if possible.
Avoid announcing your vacation on social media.
It is easier than you think to look up your address.
At home, park in your garage if you have one. Lock your car and all garage doors.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Check to see that your vehicle is visible from pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Record serial numbers
Record the serial numbers and other pertinent information such as make a model for your
electronic devices (GPS, laptops, tablets) and cell phones. Keep this information in a safe location or e-mail it to yourself and file it away electronically.
Familiarize yourself with the features of your device. Some have the ability to be tracked if stolen.
Knowing how to activate this service quickly can greatly help law enforcement recover your property and arrest those responsible.
Remember, only you can prevent auto burglaries by removing your valuables from your vehicle and locking them in a safe place. Help us to protect your property.