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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.