You can prevent vehicle theft!
Most cars are taken by amateurs who can be stopped fairly
easily. You can increase your protection against this type of
crime by taking the following sensible precautions:
An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. Lock up
when you leave your car, and take the keys with you.
Lock the trunk or tailgate.
Close all windows professional thieves have tools that
unlock cars through the smallest openings.
Be sure vent or wind-wing windows are shut tight.
When you park the car, remove cellular phones, cassette
players and other valuable possessions. Do not leave
packages or cameras lying on the seat. Lock all valuables in your trunk
or take them with you.
Lock your car even if you are making a quick stop at the gas
station, convenience store or mini-mall.
Dont leave an auto in unattended public parking lots for an
extended period. A car is five times more likely to be stolen
unattended lot than from the street or attended lot.
If possible, park your car in a lot where you dont have to
leave your keys.
Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key
ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead the
thief directly to
your car and your home. If you have to leave your keys with a parking
attendant, leave only the ignition key.
At night, park in well-lit areas with lots of people around.
Turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, this makes
it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.
With an electric engraver, etch your drivers license number
(preceded by the letters FL) on cassette players and other
Record your vehicle identification number (located on a small
metal plate on the dashboard of newer cars) and store it in a
place. Keep the vehicle registration in your wallet or purse, not in your
Use anti-theft devices
When buying a car, check the manufacturers list of anti-theft
options, such as interior hood and trunk releases, locking
columns and others.
Consider the purchase and installation of security devices,
Interior hood lock release.
Second ignition switch or kill switch to prevent electrical
current from reach ing the coil distributor.
Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.
Locking gas cap.
Locking devices for batteries, wheels, decks, etc.
Alarm device to activate a siren, horn or lights or all
three to frighten the thief away.
Device that attaches to the steering wheel or brake pedal.
This violent, random form of auto theft is on the rise. A driver
of any vehicle can be a target of someone with a weapon. It can
anywhere, day or night. Here are some
Keep your doors locked.
Park in well-lit, busy areas.
Be alert of your surroundings, of people approaching your
Stick with the traffic, avoid lightly traveled streets,
especially after dark.
Keep car and house keys on separate key chains.
Keep the garage door opener in your purse or briefcase.
When stopped in traffic, always leave enough room to make an
If someone is threatening you with a weapon, give up the
vehicle its not worth your life.
How to prevent theft of other motor vehicles
Thefts of snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and trail-bikes are
also increasing. Many of the same precautions that apply to cars
also apply to recreational vehicles.
Make sure all easy-to-carry items like motors, water skis and
camping gear are locked up before leaving your vehicle.
Vehicles carried on trailers should be secured with a strong
chain and padlock.
When the trailer is not attached to your car, secure it with a
heavy chain and lock to a stationary object.
Chain your motorcycle or snowmobile to a stationary object
such as a lamppost or sewer grating. Even when your vehicle is
garage, use a heavy chain and padlock that resists conventional steel