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Tacony-Holmesburg Town Watch
PREVENTING VEHICLE THEFT
It is never a good feeling when you come out from the store and find out that your
vehicle has been stolen.  It feels like you have been violated!  Please share these
tips with everyone so that you will not become a victim of a stolen car.

  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you're away from
    it, even for "just a minute."

  • Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it's in front of your home

  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked.  Put them in the
    trunk or at least out of sight.  This increases the chance of your vehicle being
    taken

  • Park in a busy, well-lit area

  • When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition key with the
    attendant.  Make sure no personal information is attached.  Do the same when
    you take your car for repairs.

  • Install a mechanical locking device - commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars -
    that lock to the steering wheel, column, or brake to prevent the wheel from
    being turned more than a few degrees.

  • Investigate security systems if you live in a high-theft area or drive an
    automobile that's an attractive target for thieves. You may get a discount on
    your auto insurance.

  • Etch the vehicle information number (VIN) on the windows, doors, fenders,
    and trunk lid.  This helps discourage professional thieves who have to either
    remove or replace etched parts before selling the car.  Copy the VIN and your
    tag number on a card and keep it in a safe place.  If your vehicle is stolen, the
    police need this information.