As you prepare for the holiday season, here are some simple steps to keep your car safe from thieves:1.
Know what’s in your car.
If you have a car with an automatic transmission, take extra precautions to ensure that the transmission is working properly.
If the transmission breaks, get a replacement one or call a tow truck to come pick it up.2.
If a thief breaks in, report the theft to the police.
If your car is stolen from your driveway, report it to your insurance company.3.
Take extra precautions for your children.
Take your kids out of the car when they leave home.
They should be kept inside the car at all times.4.
Keep your car running at all hours of the day and night.
If it gets stuck in traffic or ice, make sure the battery is in good working order.5.
Check the trunk.
If someone comes in and steals your car, get out and check it out.
If there’s no key in the trunk, try to find it and open the trunk and look for the key.
If that’s not possible, use your phone to unlock the trunk with the car’s keys.
If they find it, call the police to report it.6.
Call the police if your car gets stolen.
Call 911 to report the crime and give them your name and phone number.
You can call the National Crime Information Center at 1-800-CALL-FBI.7.
Check your vehicle every day.
If something does happen to your car during the holiday period, call your insurance or your mechanic.
It could be a sign that something is amiss.8.
Watch out for stolen items.
If anyone steals your keys, make a note of the number and address of the person who stole them.
If those keys are lost, you can always call the thief and ask if they are willing to provide a replacement key.9.
Always carry a credit card with you.
If stolen from the trunk of your car or at the end of a long shift, keep a close eye on your account.
You might find a few more coins in there.
If thieves find your card, they will be required to give it to the law enforcement officers who arrested you.10.
Be aware of any unusual occurrences.
If an intruder gets into your home and you can’t get the door open or you’re startled, you should immediately call 911.
You don’t want to be in the situation where the intruder leaves and you have to get into your car to retrieve your keys.11.
Keep a lookout for any suspicious persons.
If at any time you see a person walking in your neighborhood, report them to the local police department.
If another suspicious person walks in, call 911 and give the caller your name, address and description of the persons appearance.12.
Get a ride from a friend.
If no one comes to pick you up, try calling the local authorities.
They can help you locate a friend who might be able to help.