5/6/2013 3:23:00 PM Safeguard vehicle from potential theft
Each year the Deephaven Police Department takes a large amount of theft reports from vehicles during the warmer season. The reports taken are from vehicles that have been left unlocked. In an attempt to prevent crimes, make your vehicle less of a target. Here are some simple tips to help protect your vehicle and your belongings.
Secure vehicles by locking all doors and rolling up the windows.
Remove all stereo and related objects from the vehicle. (CD's, portable CD player, etc.) If this is not possible, make an attempt to hide them from view.
Remove all personal property such as purses and wallets.
Do not leave packages in vehicles, or other items that look as if they would contain items. Criminals often figure there are valuables in the packages.
Park in well lit areas and/or high traffic visibility areas. At home, leave outside lights on, or install motion lights in areas where they cannot be defeated.
Limit access to vehicle's keys (keep them with you, do not loan them out to others, do not leave them in gym lockers, etc).
Do not leave the vehicle running or keys in the vehicle unattended. Do not leave cell phones, radar detectors, or other items of value in the vehicle. If you do choose to leave them in, at least remove them from sight.
Consider using anti-theft devices such as car alarms, the Club, etc. Be advised however that not all these are absolute, many security devices can be defeated.
Report any suspicious activity immediately by dialing 911.