PREVENT AUTO THEFT
To a thief, there's
nothing like a car. It's selfpropelled and fully equipped for a fast
getaway. The car and most especially its components, are items in steady
The owner or authorized
driver of a car should not leave the vehicle unattended without locking
the ignition and removing the key. A significant number of automobiles
are stolen because drivers fail to remove ignition keys.
ESTABLISH GROUND RULES
of the family should know how to protect the car against theft. Licenses,
registration cards or other identifying papers that a thief could misuse
should never be left in the car. Keys should be carefully guarded. If
the keys have punch-out numbers these should be removed and kept at
home for reference in case of loss.
HOW TO GIVE A THIEF A HARD TIME
- Park in a well-lighted
- Close all windows,
lock all doors
- Activate any
theft deterrent device you may have
- Put packages
or valuable out of sight: Tape and cassette decks and other expensive
items in full view invite theft.
- Do not keep license,
registration or title in car. If left in car, thieves can use these
documents to sell your car if stolen, or to impersonate you when they
are challenged by police. Owners who indiscriminately leave keys,
registrations and other identifiable material in their vehicles may
return to their residence only to find that they are the victims of
- If you have a
garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and the garage.
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION PAY
of stolen vehicles after they have been recovered continues to plague
car owners, police and auto insurers.
Etch the Vehicle
Registration Number in several hard-to-find spots, using an engraving
If your car is
stolen, the police will need specific information to identify the car,
parts and accessories. Take the time to record detailed information.
If a car thief replaces your license plates, alters the vehicle identification
number or repaints the car, other points of identificatin will be available.
JOIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ANTI-AUTO
AUTO THEFT SECURITY DEVICES
In order to secure
your car several devices may be installed to deter or prevent theft
of the car or any of its parts or contents. Anti-theft devices, expensive
or not, are going to deter the inexperienced theft. The installation
of anti-theft devices would provide obstacles to even the experienced
thief by increasing the thieft's exposure to arrest.
- IGNITION CUT-OFF:
A key-operated or hidden manual switch that interrupts the power supply
from the battery to the ignition.
- FUEL CUT-OFF:
Integrated into the fuel line, this device prevents the flow of gasoline
once the fuel in the gas line is used. Only a special key deactivates
- IGNITION COLUMN
GUARD: This security device can provide protection to the ignition
starting system. The device fits around the steering column and over
the ignition starting system.
- DOOR LOCKS:
Visible inside door lock buttons should be smooth and tapered.
STEERING WHEEL LOCK: Locks on and prevents steering wheel from
turning. Its high visibility deters theft.
- TRUNK LOCK:
As an auxiliary or secondary locking device, a heavy duty chain lock
may be installed inside the trunk and is key-operated.
There are several
alarm systems that will serve to deter or discourage the car thief,
and alert others of forced entry into the car.
YOUR CAR ALARM SHOULD GO OFF
- Observe behavior
around your car;
- Take description,
license plate numbers, etc.;
- If suspicious
person, call 100;
- DO NOT TAKE ACTION
. . . your safety is our first concern.
sounding device, used in lieu of the horn, is installed in the engine
compartment and should have an audible range of at least 300 feet.
YOUR CAR DOES GET STOLEN
NOTE: False reporting
of vehicle theft is a crime and can be punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
maintenance of your vehicle will prevent routine breakdowns thereby
avoiding vulnerable sftuations.
Check the following
items on a routine basis:
- Tire pressure
- Oil and brake
- Battery fluid,,
- Radiator water
level; The following items should be in your vehicle at all times
for emergency situations:
- Jack/Spare tire;
- Battery jumper
cables and procedure for boosting;
- Auto insurance
- First Aid Kit