Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:49 AM
Please do not leave valuables in plain view when you leave your cars unattended and always take your purse or wallet with you. You really can't prevent a "smash and grab," so you need to not give them a reason.
If you see anything suspicious, remain in your vehicle and do not hesitate to call 911.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 03:40 AM
Posted 04 December 2010 - 07:48 AM
* LOCK your vehicle and take the keys
* PARK carefully in well lighted areas
* USE anti-theft devices
* CLEAN it out; do not leave anything in it
* REMOVE the garage door opener
* UTILIZE your garage to park in, if possible
* MARK it; use an engraver to mark property
* REPORT suspicious activity or persons to the Sheriff’s Department at 874-5115,
for crimes in progress call 9-1-1.
* 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 and locked.
* Lock your car even if you are making a quick stop at the gas station, convenience store or mini-mall.
* At night, park in well-lit areas with lots of people around when out running errands.
* Turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, this makes it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.
Items to avoid leaving in your vehicle and/or view:
* Cellular phones and chargers
* Back packs
* Sports equipment/tools
* Removable stereos including the removable face plates
* With an electric engraver, etch your driver’s license number (preceded by the letters “CA”) on stereo equipment and other valuable items.
* Record your vehicle identification number (located on a small metal plate on the dashboard of newer cars) and store it in a safe place.
* Keep the vehicle registration in your wallet or purse, not in your car.
* Use anti-theft devices
* Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as:
* Interior hood lock release.
* Second ignition switch or “kill switch” to prevent electrical current from reaching the coil distributor.
* Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.
* 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.
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