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How to Protect Your Vehicle from Theft and Tampering

You can save yourself and your family a lot of frustration, stress and interruption to your daily life by taking some simple precautions to reduce the risk of you or your vehicle becoming a target. Follow these simple steps from the Raleigh Police Department.

Lock Your Vehicle
An unlocked vehicle with a key in the ignition is an open invitation to thieves. The common-sense approach to protection is the simplest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. 

You should always secure your vehicle, even if you’re parking for “just a minute.” Do this by:

  • Closing all the windows
  • Not leaving keys in the ignition
  • Using remote button starts when possible
  • Never leaving your engine running and vehicle unlocked while you run into your home, a convenience store or anywhere else 

Hide Your Valuables
One of the most common types of theft is that of valuables from your vehicle. Theft from vehicle is strictly a crime of opportunity. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into cars without valuables in plain sight. However, if they find a vehicle unlocked, they may look around and sometimes even come across a firearm.

In 2020, there were more than 2,500 larceny-from-motor-vehicle incidents in Raleigh. That included more than 200 firearms. It only takes a few seconds for someone to get into your vehicle.

To learn more, check out this brief video

10 Seconds Is All It Takes