Is your car vulnerable to break-ins? The city of Royal Oak Police Department has created a list of ways to protect yourself and vehicle.
Follow these tips:
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, including identification, bank statements or other documents containing your personal information. If you have no other option secure your valuables in the trunk or in an area where they will not be visible.
- If possible, park your vehicle in a well lit area. Avoid parking your vehicle in areas that offer concealment for the criminal element.
- Make sure you vehicle is locked. Many thefts occur as a result of the owner leaving their vehicle unlocked.
- Do not leave power cords for computers, cell phones or GPS units in plain view. These are indicators there may be electronic devices in your vehicle and will make your vehicle more of a target.
- Many vehicles are broken into with the intent of stealing the vehicle itself. Visible anti-theft devices, like steering wheel locks, steering column collars or brake pedal locks, may discourage the would-be thief from breaking in and attempting to steal your vehicle.
- Call the police if you see a suspicious person or vehicle in your neighborhood. If possible, get a vehicle description and license plate number.