• Treat your keys like cash. Never leave your keys unguarded, and do not leave them or a spare in the vehicle.

  • Park in secure, well-lit areas. Always lock your doors and close the windows, even if you’re only away from your vehicle for a few minutes. When possible, try to park in areas near pedestrian traffic.

  • Remove valuables from your vehicle. Shopping bags, tools, spare change, electronics, and brief cases can all tempt a thief. If it can be stolen, put it in the trunk.

  • Wait for garage door to close behind you.  Don’t give thieves a chance to sneak in..

  • Keep your garage door opener out of sight. Store your garage door remote in a glove box or other concealed place, or take it with you.

  • Use an electronic engine immobilizer or steering wheel lock or alarm. Additional anti-theft devices can help secure your vehicle, particularly if it was manufactured before 2007.

Most stolen items from vehicles

Remember that what’s in your vehicle is also at risk. According to police reports, these items are the most popular:

  1. Smartphones
  2. Personal electronics—tablets, laptops, iPods, GPS
  3. Work tools
  4. Credit cards and identification
  5. Stereo equipment
  6. Cash and change
  7. Car parts and accessories
  8. Garage door openers
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Keys​​
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