Secure Your Personal Items
It takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and snatch the iPod, laptop, or purse on the front seat. Here are some tips to aid in preventing that from happening:
- Do NOT leave anything in your vehicle. Even loose change is a target for thieves.
- Lock all valuables in the trunk. Thieves want a quick smash and grab and are less likely to look in the trunk.
- After you have put your items in the trunk, don't forget such telltale evidence as power plugs, MP3 adapters, and navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts. Thieves know what they are looking for, so hide the electronic accessories, too.
- Don't make your car a target. Park in well-lit and busy areas. When home, park in the garage if you have one.
- ALWAYS lock your vehicle and roll up the windows.
- Never leave your keys unattended - and never leave spare keys in your vehicle.
- Never leave your wallet / personal ID (such as driver's license, passport, SIN card, Birth Certificate) in your vehicle. Stolen ID can be used in identity theft.
- Don't leave the remote / garage door opener in your vehicle. It can be used to break into your garage/home.
- Install a car alarm /anti-theft device. Thieves don't want to draw attention to themselves.
- If you have gated parking, wait for the gate to close behind you.
What to do if your vehicle has been broken into:
- File a Police report
- Call your insurance company
- Security all your personal information (cancel credit cards, replace ID immediately)
- Have your vehicle repaired / fix broken glass
- Record a list of items taken (including serial numbers)