Stop Theft from Autos in Your Neighborhood
1) Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, laptop computers, etc.) in your car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them—all the time, every time.
2) Secure Your GPS Device
While many GPS devices are mounted in the dashboard of the vehicle, the MPD encourages anyone who uses a portable GPS device to take it with you, along with any other items of value, when you park the car.
3) Use Your Trunk
If your car has a trunk, use it. Put valuables in there or in a locked glove compartment. Hiding items under seats is better than leaving them in plain view, but securing them inside the glove compartment or trunk is a far better deterrent.
4) Don't Tempt Thieves with New Purchases
During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors.
5) Remove Your Radio Faceplate
If you can unfasten your sound system and take it with you, or lock it in your trunk, do so. And don’t forget to do the same with your CDs and tapes.
Lock It Up
6) Also, keep your car doors and windows locked—all the time!