DON'T MAKE IT EASY FOR
A THIEF TO...
STEAL YOUR WHEELS
One vehicle is
stolen every twenty (20) seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans,
trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money -- and increase
everyone's insurance premiums. They're also often used to commit other
crimes. Don't become a victim of this serious crime...
Basic Prevention Policy...
Never leave your
car running or the keys in the ignition when you're away from it,
even if its "just for a minute."
Always roll up
the windows and lock your car, even if it's in front of your house.
valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in
the trunk or at least out of sight. Buy radios, tape and CD players
that can be removed and stored in the trunk.
Park in busy,
registration and insurance card with you. Don't leave personal
identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
When you pay to
park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition key with the
attendant. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the
same when you take your car for repairs.
stealing a car by force -- has captured headlines in the last few
years. Statistically, your chances of being a carjacking victim are
very slim, and preventive actions can reduce the risk even more...
Approach your car
with the key in hand. Look around and inside before getting in.
keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up at all times.
alert at intersections, gas stations, ATMs, shopping malls,
convenience and grocery stores -- all windows of opportunity for
well-lighted areas with good visibility, close to walkways, stores,
If the carjacker
has a weapon, give up the car with no questions asked. Your life is
worth more than your car.
information is provided by the Tiffin Police Department and the
National Crime Prevention Council.