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  How to Avoid Vehicle Thefts

Apr 06, 2010 11:11 ET

Durham Regional Police would like to remind motorists to always lock their vehicle and keep valuables out of sight or better still, don't keep any valuables in your car.

Simple preventative steps can be taken to help deter theives. Drivers are encouraged to take a few simple precautions that will protect their vehicles, and vehicle contents, from theft.

* Always lock your vehicle's doors
* Roll up your vehicle's windows
* Keep valuables out of sight
* Pocket your keys
* Never leave your vehicle with the engine running
* 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
* Remove all valuables when you exit your vehicle
* 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.

"We receive a minimum of four or five reports a night of break-ins to vehicles at the Regional Reporting Centre," said Sgt. Al Renshaw. "If you leave an item of value in plain sight in your vehicle, it's an open invitation to would-be thieves."

Top items that are taken are: cellphones, GPS units, iPods, wallets, changes and laptops.

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