Auto Theft Prevention Tips
Cars seem to be natural magnets for criminals. Whether taking one for a joyride or stealing stereo equipment out of it, it’s a problem that plagues the entire valley area.
The most frequently occurring crime involving autos is burglary from vehicle. A criminal will target a car, either locked or unlocked, use a variety of objects to gain access, and steal the stereo, compact discs, clothing, sunglasses, as well as rifle through the glove box. Anything that may have a potential street value is fair game.
While not as frequent as a burglary from vehicle, auto theft is also a threat to Buckeye car owners. Many times the vehicle will be recovered, but usually at a price. The interior and exterior may be scavenged for sellable parts, including the stereo, cell phone, hubcaps, tires, and/or engine parts. Or, the car may have been driven recklessly and sustained irreparable damage.
Following a few simple steps may discourage criminals from focusing on your car:
- Lock your car and close all of the windows. Make sure the trunk is locked, too.
- Control your keys and never leave an ID tag on your key ring.
- If you’re carrying valuable items, store them in your trunk, including CDs.
- Park under street lamps when possible or in well-lit areas.
- Consider an anti-theft device such as steering column locks, alarms, or an engine/fuel kill switch. Purchase stereo systems with a removable faceplate and keep the faceplate with you when the vehicle is not in use.
- De-emphasize the value of the vehicle as much as possible.
- Keep your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a complete description of your car, your stereo system, and associated serial numbers in a safe place at home. This will help police in the possible recovery of these items.
- Engrave your driver’s license number and state identification on valuable items such as the stereo, speakers, amplifiers, and cell phones.
- Never carry the title in the vehicle. Keep the document in a safe place at home.
- License plates are also frequently stolen and used on stolen cars involved in other crimes. Get in the habit of checking your plates when you drive. A few drops of solder on the bolts or blurring the threads can help safeguard your plates.