Neighborhood Association Presidents and addressees, Please read and forward to your members, employees and security staff. the below listed information and safety tips in reference to a recent spike in larcenies from vehicles. Over this past week we had a series of larcenies from vehicles in the Pine hills and surrounding areas. The vast majority of these were from unlocked vehicles.
In addition to the below prevention tips. I would like to remind everyone as the weather becomes warmer. We must remain diligent with respect to closing and keeping locked garages and sheds when not in use! If you are using windows to let the fresh air in your home. Be sure to use the safety pin so the window can not be opened more than 6”. If you have not already done so, buy a good lock for your bicycle and please register your bicycle with the Police Department. You can do this by coming to any police station and filling out a quick information card. Take care and enjoy the nice weather!
Theft Prevention Tips
Lock Your Car. Most thieves will try multiple car doors to look for one that is unlocked to steal out of.
Don’t Hide a Second Set of Keys in Your Car. They don’t serve a purpose and if a thief gets in your car they could steal it.
Park in Well-Lighted Areas.
Park in Attended Lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended lots.
Close Your Car Windows When Parking. Don’t make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle.
Hide Your Valuables. Don’t make your car a more desirable target for thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.
Make The Interior of Your Car Look The Same Way It Did When You Bought It. Clean out the visible change in the center console and anything else that is in plain view from the outside of the car. One dollar in change is enough for a thief to break into your car.
Plug Auxiliary Power Out l e t s . Thieve s will think that there are electronic devices in the car if they see open power out lets .
Report Suspicious Activity. People looking into or trying the door handles on vehicles .
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Anti -Theft Device s
Remote Ca r Starter . Al lows the owner to safely start a vehicle and leave the motor running to pre -heat the interior .
Alarm Systems .Security systems that make loud warning sounds and flash the vehicle’s lights to attract attention t o the vehicle .
Ignition Kill Switch. Disables the power to the s tarter of a vehicle until a hidden switch is activated.
Fuel Kill Switch. A valve that cuts off the fuel supply to the vehicle .
Visible Steering Wheel Lock. Pr e -vents the steering wheel from being turned .
Floor board Locks. Devices that disable the gas or b rake pedal .
Gear shift Locks . Disable s shifting o f the transmission.
Ti r e /Wheel Locks . Prevents the vehicle from moving.
Hood Locks . Prevents thieves from gaining access to your security system and battery .
Locking Wheel Lug Nuts .They are inexpensive and c an de t e r a thief from stealing your wheels . You only need one per wheel . Don’t leave the key visible in your car.
Removable Face Stereo Unit .The control pane l o f the s t e r e o comes off to be taken with you. This makes the stereo inoperable without it.
Locking Fuel Ca p. The high price of fuel has made it a hot commodity.
VIN-Etching. Have al l the glass in your vehicle etched with the VIN number to deter cars t ripping.
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