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 its 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 parking lots that have attendants.
- Use an anti-theft device whenever your leave your car.
- Immediately report any suspicious activity to the police.