The key to preventing theft from vehicles starts with YOU!
Nobody wants to be a victim of crime, but if you leave your purse, computer, tools or other valuable items in your auto, you’re increasing the risk that you will become a theft-from-vehicle victim.
Surprise Police report that approximately 60 percent of all thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. The message- if thieves can see it, they will steal it.
By simply locking the doors of your vehicle and by taking valuable items with you or hiding them in a locked trunk, you can dramatically reduce the risk of being a crime victim.
Police also remind drivers that home garages are for parking vehicles, not for storage. By removing your vehicle from the street or driveway, you lessen the chances of a thief breaking in to steal a car stereo, or even the entire vehicle.
What are thieves looking for? The answer: EVERYTHING
This includes: audio equipment; cash; purses; cell phones; tools; clothes; driver’s licenses and other personal documents; check books; luggage; cameras; anything of value or personal identification.
*And if a thief manages to get anything on it with your personal information, including a social security number, you are now in danger of also becoming an Identity Theft victim.
Quick tips to prevention:
Lock your vehicle door Lock doors and take keys with you
Park in secure/well lit location
Don’t leave valuables out in plain site, lock them in a trunk or take them with you
Park in your home garage
Lock it or Lose it! The key to preventing theft from vehicles starts with YOU
*To report a crime or suspicious activity call Surprise Police at 623.222.4000 or if an emergency or dangerous situation dial 911.