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Tips to Prevent Theft from Autos

Polcie has advised resident to adopt the following tips to prevent thefts from autos.

  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth.
  • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open.
  • Lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors. Also, make sure car windows aren’t left open.
  • Park in busy, well lit areas. Make sure your neighborhood is well lit if not notify Public Works/Pepco.
  • Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle.
  • Alarms or anti-theft devices work.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in your vehicle.
  • Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.
  • When walking into store (gas station or retail store) lock doors and windows.
  • Always report suspicious activity. Prince Georges County Non Emergency (301)352-1200 or for Emergency 911
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