Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Avoid Vehicle Theft
Facts About Vehicle Theft:
- 90% of car thefts involve persons under 25
- Two-thirds of all thefts occur at night
- 2,120 automobiles were stolen in Durham Region in the year 2002; that’s almost 6 vehicles per day!
- Never leave your vehicle with the engine running
- Always lock all doors and close the windows
- Park in well-lit, busy areas
- Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. Thieves may use it to locate your home or car.
- Never hide a spare key in the car
- Do not tempt thieves by leaving packages, cameras, or purses in plain view. Lock items in the trunk.
- Mount tape decks and CD players inconspicuously.
- Use portable cell phone mountings that allow you to take equipment with you
- Engrave removable accessories such as stereos, CB equipment, telephones, etc.
- Consider buying smooth, non-flared locking buttons for your car doors
- Safeguard your vehicle with alarms, steering wheel locking devices, hood locks, and kill switches to prevent hot wiring.
- Keep your garage locked with locked vehicle inside, and install a motion light.
- Consider displaying a “CAT” sticker in your vehicle.