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Auto theft prevention

Reasons why motor vehicles are stolen

  1. Theft for transportation: Thieves steal a motor vehicle to get from one destination to another and then abandon the vehicle.
  2. For use in crimes: To use the motor vehicle in other crimes such as break and enters and robberies.
  3. For profit: Thieves will alter the VIN of the stolen motor vehicle and then either drive the vehicle themselves or sell the vehicle to an unsuspecting consumer.
  4. For vehicle parts: Thieves may have a similar vehicle that they want to upgrade or repair damaged parts. They may also try and sell the vehicle parts on internet sites.

How to prevent auto theft

  • Do not leave your motor vehicle running while it is unattended and the key is in the ignition.
  • Lock up your vehicle; close the windows and sunroof when the vehicle will be unattended to. If you park your vehicle in a garage, make sure the overhead garage door and pedestrian door are locked as well. Do not leave a spare key hidden inside the vehicle.
  • Consider installing an aftermarket car alarm if your vehicle is not already equipped with one.
  • Be aware of where you park. Well lit parking lots and streets with lots of vehicular and pedestrian traffic will help to deter car thieves.
  • Do not leave items in plain view in your vehicle. This includes parcels, cell phones, GPS devices, laptops, clothing or money.