Preventing Car Theft
Don't Make It Easy for a Thief to Steal Your Wheels
- Every year, more than a million vehicles are stolen in the United States. That's about one vehicle every 30 seconds.
- Stolen vehicles are also often used to commit other crimes.
- Don't become a victim of this serious crime.
Reduce Your Risk
- Never leave your keys in an unattended car, even while running a quick errand.
- Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.
- Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.
- Keep the keys to your home and car separate.
- Never attach a tag with your name and address to a key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead a thief directly to your home.
- Avoid leaving your car unattended in public parking lots for extended periods of time.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.
- Take advantage of Operation ID to engrave a personal number on CD players, tape decks and similar items.
- Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as alarms, "kill switch," locking gas caps, and interior hood lock and release.
- If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers and don't hitchhike yourself.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Have enough gas to get there and back.
- If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in an emergency. Call the WCPD in an emergency at 781-283-5555
What To Do
- If your car is broken into or stolen, inform police immediately.
- When buying a car from anyone except an authorized dealer, check the license number and vehicle identification with the WC Police Department for verification before you part with your money.
To learn more on vehicle safety, go to www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/html/wyc.htm, or click here.