Vehicle & Trailer Theft Prevention

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Vehicle & Trailer Theft Prevention

Posted: 01/01/2015

Here are things you can do to help protect your car from theft:

1. Don’t leave your car unlocked.
2. Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked.
3. Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle.
Many people keep a spare key under the car, just in case they get locked out. Thieves
know exactly where to check for an extra key. While getting locked out of your car is a
pain, think about the potential hassle of your car getting stolen.
4. Never leave your windows open.
Even during the summer when it is scorching hot, don’t leave your windows open or
slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle.
5. Park in well-lit, public areas.
Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the
public. This will not only keep you safe when you exit the car, it will also help keep your
car safe because thieves tend to avoid areas that are highly visible.
6. Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device.
Car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract
attention when they go off. These devices are well worth the investment.
7. Install a vehicle immobilizer system.
Thieves can bypass your ignition by “hotwiring” your car. You can prevent this by using
a vehicle mobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys
8. Consider installing a GPS tracking system.
If your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the police of your vehicle’s
location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster and may minimize the
damage to your car.
9. Don’t leave valuable personal property in your car.
The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. If you must put something of value in your car, keep it in the trunk or under the seats, where it is not visible to others. Do not hide valuable at your destination, do it before you get there. Thieves are watching.
10. Use Common Sense.
If you are wary of the safety of your car or see someone loitering around the parking lot, it’s best to park somewhere else. It is better to walk a few extra steps than to have your car stolen because you ignored your instincts.
11. Park your car inside your garage.
If not park, in your driveway and turn on the porch light. Consider bright motion sensor lights on your driveway and front door areas.
12. Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Never leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.

And here are things to do to protect your trailer from theft.

1. Use a trailer hitch lock after parking the trailer.
2. Park your trailer in a locked garage, secured storage facility, or a well-lit, fenced area.
3. Park the trailer so that the hitch is difficult to reach.
4. Use a high-quality chain and lock to secure trailer to a fixed object, such as a tree.
5. Park another vehicle in front of trailer, blocking the trailer in.
6. Document you trailer with photographs.
7. Remove one or all of the trailer wheels.
8. Install tracking/recovery device on trailer.
9. Use tire boot/lock type device with locking lug nuts.

As always, if you see something suspicious or a crime in progress, call the Elk Grove Police Dispatch: 911 or 916-714-5111 emergency, or 916-714-5115 non-emergency.

For questions, Crime Prevention Officer Andrew Bornhoeft abornhoeft@elkgrovepd.org.

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