Lock it or Lose it

Motor Vehicle Theft

Many auto thefts are crimes of "opportunity". The vast majority of auto thefts are committed by criminals looking for temporary transportation. Thus, most vehicles are recovered within a few weeks to a month and with relatively little damage. Very few vehicles are stolen for parts. Auto theft happens fast. An expert auto thief can break into and steal a car in less than a minute. An unoccupied car, with it's engine running, can be taken in seconds.

What attracts a car thief?

  • Leaving your car unlocked or the windows down.
  • Leaving your keys in the car or spare key hidden in the car.
  • Leaving your car unattended.
  • Parking in poorly lit places with low visibility.
  • Leaving valuables and packages in your car.
  • Cars not protected with an anti-theft device.

How to protect your car

  • Don't leave your keys in your car.
  • Close your windows and lock your doors whenever you leave the car, regardless of how long you plan to be gone.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your car in a garage if you have one.
  • Park in lots that have attendants.
  • Use an anti-theft device whenever your leave your car.
  • Immediately report any suspicious activity to the police (for a non emergency contact 701.235.4493)

Additional Resources

Vehicle Theft Prevention: What Consumers Should Know