NewsVehicle Burglary Prevention Tips
Even with today’s busy schedules, we need to stay diligent when it comes to preventing car related crimes. Auto theft is almost always classified as a crime of opportunity. As such, we need to practice good preventative measures in order to eliminate this opportunity and make our cars less desirable to criminals.
- Always lock your doors, even when you plan on only being gone from your vehicle briefly. It is not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles checking the doors to see who has left their vehicle unlocked. Do not leave any windows open including vent/wing windows or sunroofs.
- If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it! It is an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar who often chooses the easiest targets.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Although that sounds like “common sense” most of the reports that we take happen when the driver or passenger has done just that. Your car is an automatic target when doing so.
- When you are out and about, please items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
- Do not leave any sign that there may be valuables hidden in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables. Covered up items that are left on the floorboard are an invitation for a criminal. Not doing this may prevent your from having to spend money on broken windows.
- Park in busy, well lit areas whenever possible. Well traveled areas with plenty of vehicle and pedestrian movement are less likely to invite criminal activity.
- As a last line of defense and to aid in the recovery process, mark your valuables. Engrave them with a “personal identifier” that is something other than your social security number or drivers license.
- Report suspicious persons seen wandering around in parking lots or neighborhoods that are looking into vehicles. Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you sense there is a theft that is about to occur.
Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, CA 92399