your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s
to get where you’re going and back.
• Have your keys ready before getting into your vehicle.
Lock the doors
immediately upon entering your vehicle.
Always roll up the
windows and lock car doors, even if you’re coming
right back. Check inside and out before getting inside.
Avoid parking in isolated
areas. Be especially alert in parking lots and underground
parking garages. Park in well lit areas.
• If you think someone
is following you home. Drive to the nearest police
or fire station, gas station, or other open business
to get help.
• If your vehicle breaks
down, call for help on the cell phone, lock all
windows and doors on the vehicle and don’t
open the vehicle for anyone
until help arrives.
Never leave your credit
cards or other important papers in the glove department.
Never leave any objects in plain view. Lock all
in the trunk.
• Do not mark your key
chain with your name, address, and license
number. Lost keys can lead a thief to your car or
• Do not leave your house and car keys together with
an attendant at a public
parking lot. Your house key can be quickly duplicated and your address
obtained from your plate number.
Use the “Club” or other auto theft prevention tools.
• Never pick up hitchhikers.