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Although a professional car thief can defeat most security measures and quickly break into and steal a locked vehicle, most vehicle break-ins and thefts are carried out by amateurs who take advantage of the carelessness of drivers in leaving vehicles unlocked, valuables in sight, etc.  The tips in this section will significantly enhance the security of your vehicles.

bullet Preventing Theft or Break-ins
bulletRecovering a Stolen Vehicle or Property Taken from a Vehicle
bulletPreventing Vandalism
bulletBuying A Used Vehicle

Preventing Theft or Break-ins

The following tips help prevent vehicle break-ins, which could lead to theft of the vehicle itself or of property items from the vehicle.

bulletPark in open, well-lighted, and populated areas near your destination, preferably one in view of a security camera. Avoid parking near trucks, vans, dumpsters, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places. Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.
bulletPark in lots or garages where you donít have to leave your keys.
bulletPark in your garage, if you have one. Donít leave your vehicle on the street, in an alley, or on your driveway. If you have to park on a street, avoid dark or isolated areas.
bulletTurn off your engine, roll up all windows, lock all doors, and take your keys with you even if you are making a quick stop at a store or gas station, or even in your driveway. Close all windows and lock the trunk and hood.
bulletDonít leave spare keys in your vehicle. An experienced thief knows all the hiding places. Store spare keys in your wallet.
bulletDonít leave your vehicle in an unattended public lot for an extended period time.
bulletBuy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases. Install a secondary hood lock if your car does not have one.
bulletReplace knob-type door lock buttons with tapered ones.
bulletInstall an alarm system that will sound when someone attempts to break in, move, tilt, or start your vehicle. Always activate the system when leaving the vehicle.
bulletCheck your vehicle if you hear the alarm sound. But donít try to stop a person attempting to break in. Get a good description of the person and call 911.
bulletWhen you lock your vehicle with a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) fob make sure that all the doors are locked before leaving your vehicle, especially in public parking lots. There has been an increase in the use of jammers to prevent the RKE signal from activating the door locks.

To prevent theft of cars, SUVs, and light trucks:

bulletTurn your wheels sharply toward the curb when parking on a street.
bulletUse anti-theft devices that can be attached to the steering wheel or column, or brake pedal. Use one every time you leave your vehicle unattended. Steering wheel locks are inexpensive and are recommended by some experts to be the most cost-effective theft deterrent on the market today.
bulletInstall fuel or power cut-off switches.
bulletBuy a vehicle with a locking ignition or steering column.
bulletChain motorcycles and bicycles to stationary objects when unattended.
bulletConsider having your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) etched on all the windows.

To prevent the theft of motorcycles:

bulletPark your bike in the garage when at home. Park in a well-lighted area when out, preferably in view of a security camera.
bulletTry to avoid parking between larger vehicles as they provide cover for thieves.
bulletChain your bike to a secure, immovable object when unattended. Loop the chain through the frame and make sure it is tight around your bike.
bulletInstall an alarm and a hidden kill switch.
 

To prevent the theft of property from a vehicle:

bulletNever leave anything of value in plain sight. Remove all cellular phones, audio systems, computers, packages, sports equipment, cameras, purses, wallets, firearms, etc. Never lock anything in the trunk after you park. Thieves may be watching. Put valuables in the trunk before you park. But never leave anything you canít afford to lose, e.g., a wallet, credit card, or laptop computer, in your trunk. Take them with you.
bulletMake sure that any valuables that were locked in the glove box or trunk were not taken or tampered with when you return to your vehicle. Thieves are able to get into some vehicles without leaving any visible signs of a break-in.
bulletTake the removable face of your CD player with you even if you are going to be gone for a few minutes.
bulletLock truck-bed toolboxes.
 
bulletInstall locking devices on batteries, wheels, audio equipment, etc.
bulletMake several slices through your license plate registration sticker after it has been placed on the plate. If the plate or sticker is stolen, call the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) immediately to report the loss and get replacements.

Recovering a Stolen Vehicle or Property Taken from a Vehicle

bulletCall the police immediately and provide a complete description of the vehicle and any property taken from it, including a stolen license plate.  Call 911 if the theft is in progress.  Otherwise call (815) 624-4351, the RPDís non-emergency number.  Vehicles should be described by: year, make, model, color(s), VIN, insurance company and policy number, license plate number and state, and name of any tracking and locator system installed in the vehicle.  Property should be described by type, make, model, serial number, and fair market value.  (It is important to report all vehicle crimes to the RPD even if the loss is small and you are not planning to file an insurance claim.  This enables the Department to assess the magnitude and nature of the problem and assign prevention, patrol, and enforcement assets accordingly.)
bulletEtch your driverís license number on all removable valuable items, e.g., audio equipment. Also etch the number on various places on the vehicle itself.
bulletDonít leave your driverís license in the vehicle.
bulletKeep a record of the VIN, license plate number, and insurance information in your wallet or purse. Also be able to provide the information listed above for any property that might be stolen from the vehicle.
bulletDonít leave your vehicle title (pink slip) in the vehicle.
bulletInstall a vehicle tracking and location system that can be activated after the vehicle is reported as stolen.

Preventing Vandalism

bulletPark in open, well-lighted, and populated areas near your destination. Avoid parking near trucks, vans, dumpsters, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places. Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.
bulletPark in your garage, if you have one. Donít leave your vehicle on the street, in an alley, or on your driveway. If you have to park on a street, avoid dark or isolated areas.
bulletDonít leave your vehicle in an unattended public lot for an extended period time.
bulletBuy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases. Install a secondary hood lock if your car does not have one. Also install a locking gas tank cap.

Buying a Used Vehicle

bulletBe suspicious of a ridiculously low price or a fresh paint job on a late-model vehicle, especially a luxury car or SUV.
bulletMake sure the seller is the owner named on the vehicle title. Donít be afraid to ask to see some photo identification.
bulletVerify past insurance and financing, and current registration and license plate sticker.
bulletMake sure the VIN has not been tampered with and matches the number on the vehicle title, registration, and proof of insurance. Thieves have been known to sell stolen vehicles with cloned VINs, i.e., those of vehicles not stolen.
bulletObtain both sets of the original keys.
bulletMake sure registration fees paid to dealer are sent to DMV promptly.
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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