Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Recommendations

  • Remember to lock your car and put the keys in your pocket 20% of all stolen vehicles have keys already in them. Remember to lock the trunk as well as the hatchback or the tailgate of the station wagon or sport utility vehicle (SUV).
  • If you own an older motor vehicle, replace the standard door buttons with tapered ones. These replacements are inexpensive and mush more difficult to pry up.
  • Do Not leave your motor vehicle registration, insurance policies, credit cards or other important papers in a vehicles glove compartment.
  • If you use a self-service gasoline station or convenience store, DO NOT leave the keys in the vehicle when you go inside to pay your bill.
  • DO NOT place a mini replica of a license plate or personal identification on your vehicle key ring.
  • Consider installing safety security film on the windows (tint) .  With the film added to the glass, the window will be 300%-400% stronger.  Intruders must cut their way through the glass, thus taking more time. The safety film is clear and reflects up o  98% of the suns ultraviolet rays.
  • NEVER hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.  Extra keys can easily be found.  Store a spare key in your wallet or purse
  • Avoid parking next to vans, pickups, and other large vehicle.  These large vehicles can "HIDE" your vehicle and make it more difficult for others to observe.
  • When you park along a curb, angle the front wheels sharply to the left or the right, making it difficult for the thief to tow it away.  Wheels should also be turned to the side in driveways and parking lots.
  • If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive. Back into your driveway.  Rear wheels lock on four-wheel drive vehicles, making them difficult to tow.  Front wheel drive vehicles should be parked front end first.
  • Please periodically check your license plates to make sure they haven't been stolen, switched or altered.
  • Join operation identification and engrave your driver's license number or other identification number in several concealed places on or in your motor vehicle.  Drop a business card into the window channel, beneath the seat or behind the dash panel.
  • Engrave your batteries, wheel covers, and car stereos with either your drivers license or other identification numbers preceded by your initials
  • Don't invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (RADAR DETECTORS, CELLULAR PHONES, COMPACT DISC PLAYERS, ETC.) in site. Take valuables with you, put them under the seat, or lock them in the trunk.
  • Park in well-lighted and busy areas.
  • Park in an attended parking lot. Motor vehicle thieves do not like witnesses and prefer un-attended parking lots.
  • When parking in an attended lot, leave only the ignition/door key.  If your trunk and glove box use the same key as the door have one of them changed.  Leaving the ignition key with the attendant, retain all others and be sure the key number does not appear on the key left.
  • On cold mornings never leave your motor vehicle running while it is unattended, in order to warm up.  
  • For each motor vehicle you own or lease, record the following information on and keep it in a safe location
  • LOCATION, (NOT IN THE VEHICLE).
    1.  
      1. MAKE AND MODEL
      2. MODEL YEAR
      3. REGISTRATION NUMBER (PLATE)
      4. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN)
      5. COLOR
      6. NAME OF INSURANCE COMPANY AND AGENT
      7. ENGINE SIZE
      8. ANY PECULIARITIES OF VEHICLE (DENTS, PIN STRIPES, ETC.)
      9. KEY NUMBER
  • Avoid transferring items to the trunk of a vehicle in the parking lot.  A thief may be watching.  Checkbooks, credit cards, or other credentials, which a thief could misuse, should not be left in a motor vehicle.
  • Park as close as possible to an open business.
  • Lock your garage door.  Also, lock your vehicle doors, even when it's in the garage.
  • When you are out of town and leaving your motor vehicle, remove the electronic ignition fuse, rotor, distributor, or the coil wire to prevent motor vehicle theft.         
  • If you see a disabled motor vehicle, instead of stopping to help, drive to a nearby telephone and inform the police the vehicles location.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled. Attach a white handkerchief to the handle or window.  Lock the doors and stay inside the vehicle.  If someone stops to help, do not open your door or window.  Ask the person to please go to a telephone and call for help.
  • Use metal cane type steering wheel locks.  The metal cane hooks around the brake pedal on one end, and around the steering wheel rim or spoke on the other. The device is drawn tight and locked with a key.
  • Use a temporary snap lock, which fits over the bulge of the steering column of late-model American cars where the ignition switch is, and prevents the ignition from being turned on.
  • DO NOTdisconnect the buzzer that warns of keys left in the ignition.  It's for your protection.
  • USE A LOCKING GAS CAP, not only to prevent theft of gasoline, but also to limit a thief to the amount of driving a thief can do on one tank of gasoline.
  •  There are special locks made for various marketable parts of cars.  Battery locks or wheel cover locks may save these items.
  • If your vehicle is not already equipped with one, install an interior hood release.
  • Install different locks for the doors, ignition and trunk.  A thief who might obtain your vehicles door key still won't have the ignition key.

For more information about safety tips, contact Captain Robert Gibson at 588-5030 e-mail rgibson1@kumc.edu


Last modified: Mar 19, 2013
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