TIFFIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Auto Theft

 

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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...

The 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.

  • Never leave 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, well-lighted areas.

  • Carry the 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.


What About Carjacking??

Carjacking -- 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.

  • When driving, keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up at all times.

  • Be especially alert at intersections, gas stations, ATMs, shopping malls, convenience and grocery stores -- all windows of opportunity for carjackers.

  • Park in well-lighted areas with good visibility, close to walkways, stores, and people.

  • If the carjacker has a weapon, give up the car with no questions asked.  Your life is worth more than your car.


This information is provided by the Tiffin Police Department and the National Crime Prevention Council.


 

 

 

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