WEST PIKELAND TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
Preventing Auto Break-Ins
· Always lock your vehicle doors and windows. If you have pets in the car,
keep the window open a bit--but don't leave them for long.
· Don’t leave valuables in view. This not only means obvious things like
wallets, purses, cameras, leather jackets, CD players, etc., but any bags
or backpacks that might hold them. If you must leave valuables in the car,
use the trunk. If you don't have a trunk, try under the seat or cover the
items with a floor mat or blanket. At least get it out of plain view.
· Don’t leave your ID or credit cards in the vehicle. Car break-ins are a
goldmine for identity theft.
Preventing Auto Theft
· Don’t leave the car with the motor running.
· Don't leave the keys in the ignition, in the car, under the car, around the
car or lying in plain sight. Any place you can think of, thieves can think of
· Don’t mark keys with the car license number or home address. That gives
thieves a way to match found keys with your vehicle or home.
· Don’t give keys to new acquaintances.
· At home, park inside a locked garage if possible. Turn the wheels sharply
to make it difficult to tow.
Install motion detector lights in the driveway and/or a motion detector
alarm in the garage.
· Away from home, park in well traveled, well-lit areas. Avoid leaving the car
parked in long term lots for long periods of time. When you return, check
in, under, and around the car for unwanted guests.
· Keep your car registration, drivers license, and proof of insurance in your
wallet, not in your glove compartment.
· Record the factory serial number of car parts, tape deck, etc.; keep this
information in a safe deposit box.
· Engrave your driver’s license number in hard to find locations on the
vehicle. Do the same with your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
already located on a manufacturer-supplied metal strip attached to your
car -- commonly right inside the windshield.)