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  • March 17, 2021 12:41 PM
    Message # 10206886
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These extra precautions could reduce your chances of becoming a victim to car thieves:


    • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running, even for a few seconds, especially with kids, pets or valuables in it. Turn off the ignition and take the keys with you.
    • Do not give thieves a reason to steal your vehicle by leaving valuables or spare change in your cup holder. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, put them in the trunk or glove compartment before you arrive to your destination.
    • Do not leave your car’s keys or key fob behind when parked.
    • Do not leave spare keys in the glovebox or another compartment. It might be convenient, but it is not worth the inconvenience of having your vehicle stolen.
    • Put on a steering wheel lock. Time is a factor for thieves; if it’s going to take them a little longer to steal your vehicle, it may deter them.
    • Park your vehicle in a garage whenever is possible.
    • Install motion sensor lighting and outdoor security cameras if you park outside.
    • Park in well-lit places. If possible, try to park in a secured lot with an attendant or security cameras.
    • Roll up the windows and make sure all doors are locked.
    • Arm your vehicle with a security system or buy a vehicle with a security system.
    • Make it harder for thieves to tow away your vehicle by using your emergency brake and turning your wheels to the side.
    • Use a physical anti-theft device like a wheel or brake lock.
    • Check to see if the make and model of your vehicle is listed among the most targeted by thieves in your area, and if so, take extra steps to protect it.





    Gerardo Becerra

    Crime Watch – Crime Prevention Specialist

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department – North District

    Community Relations

    605 E Westfield Boulevard, Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46220

    Office: (317) 327-3781


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