When Entering Your Vehicle and Driving
When Parking Your Vehicle and Exiting
- Have your key ready to enter the vehicle, and check around and inside before getting in.
- Drive with doors locked and windows up.
- When pulling up behind a vehicle, leave enough space in front of you for an emergency exit.
- Be aware of foot traffic near curbside lanes, and drive in the center lane if uncomfortable.
- Turn off the ignition and TAKE the keys with you.
- Park in a well lighted attended lot or area if possible.
- If lot or area is attended, leave attendant only the ignition/door key.
- Do not leave valuables in distinct view.
- Completely close doors and windows and use the locks.
- Turn your wheels to the side to make it harder to tow.
- Be cautious of surrounding obstructions and natural barriers that may be concealing a thief.
When at Home
Invest in Vehicle Protection When Possible
- If you have a garage, use it and lock it.
- If you have a rear wheel drive car, back into driveway.
- If you have a front wheel drive car, park front end first.
- Always set the emergency brake.
- Don't leave the registration or title in the vehicle.
- Drop business cards or address labels inside doors to assist with vehicle identification.
- Ignition Kill Switch - Toggle switch spliced into ignition that disables vehicle when "off."
- Fuel Kill Switch - Switch spliced into fuel system wiring that halts fuel supply when "off."
- Steering Wheel Lock - Prevents steering wheel from turning.
- Gearshift Lock - Locks gearshift in place disables shifting transmission.
- Tire/Wheel Locks - Tool wraps around tire/wheel, immobilizes vehicle.
- Hood Locks - Prevents access to battery and other car components.
- Steering Column Collar - Protects entry to ignition through column.
- Electronic Alarms - Ones with kill switches are most effective.
- Vehicle Tracking Systems - Transmitter in car enables police to track car electronically.