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    Tips on REDUCinG VEHiCLE THEfT anD THEfTs fRom yoUR VEHiCLEFollow these tips to reduce your chances o being the victim o auto thet.

    1. Always lock your car. Approximately 50% o all vehicles stolen were let unlocked.

    2. Always take your keys. Never leave them in the car. Nearly 20% o all vehicles stolen had the keysin them.

    3. Never hide a second set o keys in your car. Extra keys can easily be ound i a car thie takes timeto look.

    4. Park in well-lit areas. Over hal o all vehicle thets occur at night.

    5. Park in attended lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and preer unattended parking lots.6. I you park in an attended lot, leave only the ignition/door key. I your trunk and glovebox use

    the same key as the door, have one o them changed. Dont give the attendant easy access to yourglovebox and trunk. It may be inconvenient, but check the tires, spare and battery to insure they

    are the same as those you had when you parked.7. Never leave your car running, even i you will only be gone or a minute. Vehicles are commonly

    stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings

    when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up.

    8. Completely close your car windows when parking. Dont make it any easier or the thie to enter your vehicle.9. Dont leave valuables in plain view. Dont make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves by leaving valuables in plai

    sight.

    10. Park with your wheels turned towards the curb. Make your car tough to tow away. Wheels should also be turned to the side idriveways and parking lots.

    11. I your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway. Front-wheel drive vehicles should be parked ront end rst. On ouwheel drive vehicles the rear wheels sometimes lock, making them dicult to tow.

    12. Always use your emergency brake when parking. In addition to ensuring saety, using the emergency brake makes your ca

    harder to tow.13. I you have a garage, take the time to use it rather than parking outside where your vehicle is more vulnerable.

    14. When parking in a garage, lock the garage door and your vehicle. By locking both the garage and vehicle doors, the chances odeterring a thie greatly improve.

    15. Dont leave the registration in your car. A car thie will use this to sell your stolen car. Either le the registration at your hom

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    or oce, and carry a photocopy or carry the registration in your purse or wallet.

    16. Disable your vehicle when leaving it unattended or an extended period. Remove the electronic ignit ion use,

    wire, rotor distributor, or otherwise disable your vehicle anytime thieves may have extended access to it.

    17. Replace T shaped door locks with straight locks. Some vehicle doors have lock assemblies at window level

    fare out in a knob or T shape. A thie can use various tools to gain access inside the vehicle, grab and pull

    lock. Straight locks prevent this.

    18. Vehicle identication number (VIN). Stolen cars/parts are more easily traced when vehicle VIN numbers h

    been etched on car windows and major parts. ID stickers include VINs and can assist police in identiying y

    vehicle in the event that it is stolen.

    19. Engrave expensive accessories. Engrave personal ID numbers on car stereos, cellular phones, etc., so the thie

    have diculty disposing o them.

    20. Drop business cards, address labels, or other ID inside vehicle doors. Car thieves usually alter vehicle identica

    numbers. By marking your vehicle a much as possible, you assist police in identiying your car.

    21. Splice an inexpensive toggle switch into your ignition wire or to your starter. The trick is hiding the switch w

    Keypads, pressure pads and more expensive immobilizes and passkeys can also be used.

    22. Install a uel kill switch.

    23. Use a visible steering wheel lock which both prevents the steering wheel rom being turned and discoura

    would-be thieves.

    24. Install foorboard locksdevices that disable the gas or brake pedal.

    25. Use a gearshit lock. It disables shiting o the transmission.

    26. Tire/wheel locks prevent the vehicle rom moving.27. Hood locks prevents the thie rom gaining access to your security system and battery.

    28. Installing an armored collar around the steering column protects the column and ignition.

    29. Use an alarm. Loud warnings sound when doors/hood/trunk are opened. Optional sensors include g

    breakage, motion, tampering and towing. Panic buttons, back-up batteries, fashing parking lights or headlig

    and automatic engine disable eatures are also recommended.

    30. Use a vehicle tracking device. A transmitter hidden in your car enables police to track car.

    31. Use special license plate locking screws to make it hard or thieves to remove your license plate.

    WHEn BUyinG a UsED CaR1. When buying rom a private individual, make sure the registration matches the name and address o the pe

    selling the car. It goes without saying, be very cautious o a seller with no xed address, or phone number.

    the seller or reerences about past nancing and insurance on the vehicle. Veriy the inormation with the ba

    nance company, or agent.2. Ensure the vehicle identication number (VIN) plate on the automobile dash is present, secure, and has no lo

    rivets. Check to see i there is an ID sticker in the glove box or on the door jam that matches the VIN on

    dashboard. Ensure the VIN plate rivets are original. All 1970 and newer automobiles produced in North Ame

    have stainless steel rosette rivets with six petals and a hole inside the middle. They are dicult to scratch w

    a knie.

    3. Thieves may remove the VIN plate and replace it with one rom a similar wrecked vehicle. I in doubt about p

    authenticity, check with a new car dealer who handles the same model or contact a law enorcement agency

    4. The VIN on the dash must match the VIN on the registration.

    5. An excessively loose ignition switch may indicate tampering. Check the switch or chisel or pull marks.

    6. Be wary o a resh paint job on a newer vehicle. This may indicate an attempt to change the cars identity.

    7. Check the inspection and license plate stickers to be sure they are current and issued by the same province.

    8. I the seller provides you with only re-made keys, not original manuacturers keys, be suspicious.9. Question the seller i the registration was recently issued to an older vehicle.

    10. Compare the engine identication numbers with all other numbers to ensure a match.

    11. Be cautious o new license plates on an old car, or new plate bolts on an older plate.

    spoTTinG sToLEn aUTomoBiLEsMost stolen cars are driven through the streets regularlyand thieves may be using them to commit other crimes.

    can spot many o these cars and report them immediately to the police. Look or:

    Vehiclesbeingoperatedwithoutignitionkeys.

    Brokenplasticorholesinsideofsteeringcolumn.

    Brokenwindowglass.

    Dirtytagsonshinycars,ornewboltsonoldlicenseplates.

    Personsofferingtosellcarsoraccessoriesatlessthantheirregularvalue.

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    THE Vin nUmBERThe VIN is a unique vehicle identication number. VINs are normally located in several locations on a cbut the most common places are:

    On the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually drivers but sometimes passengers) On the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine) On the dash near the windshield On the cars rewall

    In the left-hand inner wheel arch On the steering wheel/steering column On the radiator support bracket On your cars title, registration, warranty, or on the declarations page of your auto insurance policy

    pERsonaL safETy in yoUR CaR1. When driving your car, keep your doors locked and windows rolled up.

    2. I you stop in trac or at a light, keep your car in drive and stay alert.

    3. Never pick up hitchhikers.

    4. Travel on well-lighted, busy streets. Avoid unsae areas.

    5. Check your daily routeslook or sae places to stop, such as police or re stations, all-night convenience sto

    or gas stations. I you are being ollowed, go up to a public place that is sae and call 911. Dont bring the prob

    home with you.

    ConVEniEnCE DEViCEsCredt Crd KeThis is a special plastic card that holds two keys (also plastic) which you can have

    cut to t your door and ignition system. Carry it with you in case you lose yourregular set o keys. Available at many lock and key shops.

    Wheel LckWheel locks are an inexpensive way to prevent the thet o your vehicles wheels

    and tires.

    Wdw flWindow Film can increase the strength o your side and rear windows.

    Etchg Wdw Gl

    Etching the Vehicle Identication Number (VIN) into your window glass is a way o keeping the vehicle rom bestolen or the glass parts.

    Lckg G CA Locking Gas Cap prevents thieves rom stealing the gas or relling the gas tanki they steal the vehicle. For added convenience, many o the locking gas caps with

    combination access also provide a locked place to hide the vehicles extra set o keys.

    Br LckBar locks attach to the steering wheel and block the ability to steer the vehicle.They can also stop the thet o the air bag. This tool can be enhanced with theuse o a shield that makes it more dicult to cut the steering wheel and remove

    the bar lock.

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    aLaRm sysTEmsThese can have many eatures. Some o these eatures are: Keylessentrythatenablesyoutoopenandlockthevehiclewhilearmingordisarmingthesystem.Itcouldalsoa

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