During the winter months it is common practice by some people to warm up their car by starting it and then leaving it running in the driveway or parked on the street while they go back inside their home. This is also a common practice during the hot summer months to cool the car down before getting in and driving away. Unfortunately, this is also the most common way for an opportunistic criminal to steal a vehicle.

Here are some easy prevention tips to remember that will help you keep your car, your home, and your possessions safe from opportunistic criminals:

  • Keep your vehicle doors locked
  • Never leave anything valuable in plain view
  • Do not leave backpacks, bags, valuables, or bundles of clothing inside a car overnight
  • Never leave the keys to the car inside the vehicle
  • Never store keys to another vehicle or your home inside your car
  • Store vehicle keys on a hook in a cupboard or closet so that they are out of sight
  • Never leave valuables in front of a window (open or closed) where they can be easily seen
  • Close window blinds and drapes at night and when away from your home
  • Keep doors and windows locked, even when home or out in the yard
  • Use security bars in sliding-glass doors and in windows

Make it a habit to look out your windows if you wake up during the night, and even routinely during the day. Report any suspicious activity or people that you see in your neighborhood by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information on things you can do to keep yourself, your home, and your possessions safe, check out these Safety Tips and Guidelines on our blog.