Auto theft is big business and professional thieves can enter and steal a car within seconds. By following a few common rules when using your car, you can greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of this crime.
- Always lock your vehicle when you are not in it.
- Park in well-lit, populated areas that are easily observed by passers-by.
- Never leave the keys inside your car or the engine running unattended.
- Engrave audio and phone equipment with your NCDL or ID number.
- Always lock valuables in the trunk; never leave them in plain view.
In the event of an auto theft, have a thorough description of your vehicle (including serial and license plate numbers) ready for the police. Report the stolen vehicle as soon as possible!
To deter a potential thief, a bicycle should have its owner's NCDL or other ID number engraved on its frame. This number, along with the bicycle's serial number and description, should be recorded and kept on hand for police in case of a theft. A few proactive steps can also be taken to increase the security of your bicycle.
- Never leave your bicycle unattended unless it is locked in place.
- Always store your bicycle in a safe place like a shed or in a garage.
- If you cannot store your bike inside, secure it from theft with a good chain and lock.
- Avoid leaving even a locked bicycle in a public area overnight.
- Do not leave detachable items unsecured on your bicycle. If you have a pouch for carrying money and small items attached to your seat, empty it or take it with you.