Safety First: Vehicle Safety Tips
Preventing Motor Vehicle Theft
- When you park your car, close the windows, lock the doors and take the key with you.
- If you must leave a key with a parking attendant, leave only your vehicle's ignition key.
- Install and use anti-theft devices, whether an alarm or a protective device like a club or a collar. Be sure to activate the device every time you leave your vehicle.
- Park only in well-lit areas near other vehicles.
- Keep valuables out of sight, preferably locked away in the trunk.
- Don't hide a spare key in a magnetic key box; thieves know all the hiding places.
- At home, if possible, put your car away in a locked garage, or at least parked in the driveway.
- If you have two cars and one of them is easy to break into, then park it in your driveway so it's blocked by the other car.
- When you park your car, turn the front wheels to the left or right and put the emergency brake on. This locks the wheels, making it difficult for a thief to tow your car.
Protect Your Belongings
- Don’t leave valuables in your car. Even items of relatively low value like change, CDs or sunglasses can be enough to tempt a thief.
- Make sure your car doors are locked, and that your car is parked in a
- Think about installing a wheel jam or an alarm. It may be enough to
convince someone to look for an easier target.
- Always lock your doors when you enter and exit your car. When entering, take a quick look in the back seat to ensure no one is hiding inside.
- Have your keys ready when you approach your car. You don’t want to
spend time fumbling for your keys.
- Carry a cell phone,
it’s an excellent safety device. If you don’t have one, you should have a CALL POLICE sticker available for viewing in your window.