Auto Theft Protection

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Tips for Protecting Yourself from Auto Theft
  • Lock your car and take your keys
  • Never hide a spare key on the vehicle
  • Roll up windows completely
  • Park in well-lighted areas
  • If you have a garage, use it and keep it closed and locked
  • Never leave your car running while it is unattended
  • Park as close as possible to an open business
  • Do not leave valuables in sight to tempt a thief

If Your Car Is Stolen
  • Call 911
  • Before the vehicle can be listed as stolen, you must have the vehicle's license number and/or the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • If possible, retain copies of all vehicle paperwork at home in a safe place
  • Stolen vehicles are sometimes used in the commission of other crime so quick action often results in the recovery of your vehicle as well as prevention of another crime
  • If you recover your own vehicle, call 911 so the police can list it as "recovered" and do not touch or move your vehicle in order to preserve possible evidence

When Buying A Car
  • Be cautious of the low-priced bargain
  • Beware of fast-sell pressures
  • Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if it has been altered
  • Be suspicious of fresh paint on a car
  • Complete all paper work at the time of the sale
  • If you are selling a car, never allow a person to test drive the vehicle alone
  • Ask to see an interested buyer's driver's license, and write down the name, address & driver's license number
  • Make certain the driver's door contains a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Label
    • This label is often called a mylar sticker, and it contains the VIN
    • Presence of the label is required by law