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Lock your car and take the
key with you.

The majority of stolen cars are
left unlocked, often with the keys
in the ignition.
Whether you leave it for a moment
or for several hours, always lock it
and take the keys with you.
Never leave your car with the
engine running.
This is an open invitation for a thief.

Secure your valuables:

Most car break-ins occur because
something of value is left in the car.
You can prevent most car break-ins
by keeping your valuables and
belongings out of sight.

Never leave your personal stuff
unattended in your car, such as:
cell phone, laptop, or
or other electronics, loose change,
other cash, wallet, purse,
credit / debit cards, cigarettes,

It only takes a thief a few seconds to
break a window and grab your
personal belongings.

Lock valuables in the trunk or
take them with you.

If you have to leave belongings in
your car’s back seat, put them on the
floor and cover them with a towel
or blanket to conceal them.
But use a towel or blanket that doesn’t
draw attention to your car or make
it obvious that it’s covering
something of value.

Install a good quality car alarm:

Today's car alarms can include
options such as: motion sensors,
knock sensors or an annoying siren
if there is any unauthorized entry
into your car, opening of the
hood, or entry into the trunk.

If you are unable to afford a good
car alarm system for some reason,
you can purchase
car alarm stickers
that you can stick on your car
windows indicating you have a
car alarm when actually you don't.

You can also purchase
an LED flashing
light dash mount fake car alarm for
low cost.

Park in Well-Lit and Busy Areas:

Always park in well-lit areas and as
close to your destination as possible.

This is important for both your personal
safety and the protection of your car
and its contents.

Most criminals don't like to make
a scene and will avoid busy

If you're alone and have concerns
for any reason, ask someone in the
store to escort you to your car.
Most people are willing to help.

Always be aware of your surroundings:

Keep your eyes open and your
hands free.
Don’t let your schedule compromise
your situational awareness.
This is especially important while
you're walking to your car.

Even if you’re carrying a firearm,
having your hands full of stuff makes
you vulnerable to a grab and run,
carjacking or abduction.
Always be ready and able
to access your gun.

Never carry a child or anything
else in your gun hand that you
can’t instantly drop.
If someone initiates an assault,
you will need to respond quickly.

Never draw your gun unless
a reasonable person would
agree that you are facing an
imminent, unavoidable threat of
death or great bodily harm.

And never, ever forget that when
it comes to strangers, you have
no idea with whom you might
be dealing.

Scan the area before you leave
your car and as you walk back
to it.

Always check your back seat
before getting into your car.

If anything makes you feel

uncomfortable, change accordingly.

If you feel that you are being followed,

go to a busy place or the nearest

police station.

The more witnesses you can put

yourself in the middle of, the less

likely the criminal will act.

Try to get a good description of who

is following you if it is safe to do so.

If you stop at an ATM, make it

a quick visit.

Scan the area around the ATM

before approaching it.

Make sure that the area around

the ATM is well lit.

Try to select an ATM in a busy

Danger prefers darkness, so if
you can, only withdraw money
during the day.

Do not linger putting your card

away, counting your money, examining

your receipt, etc.

If someone is at or near the ATM

makes you uneasy, leave and go to

another ATM.

Any time you have to use any kind
of force in self-defense, call 911
as soon as it is safe to do so
and report what happened.

The person who is first to contact
the police is usually considered the
“victim” of an incident.
If the would-be carjacker or mugger
you just thwarted gets to a phone
before you do and starts telling stories
about a “crazy man or woman with
a gun,”
your day could get even worse
very quickly.

So make sure that you contact
the police as soon as possible.