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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 other electronics, loose change,
or 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:

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 locations.

Always be aware of your surroundings:

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

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.