Vehicle Break-ins

One of the most common crimes in Roseville

Last Updated: 2/25/2013

Break-ins are especially prevalent during the holiday season.  Fortunately you can take steps to protect your property and make your car less attractive to thieves.

· Lock your doors. While this advice should be a no-brainer, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts come from unlocked cars, according to some law enforcement agencies.  So lock up even if you’re running in the store for just a minute.

· Keep it tidy. Almost any worthless personal item that’s visible from the outside—even an empty shopping bag—could be seen as valuable.  So keep personal items out of sight.

· Conceal all the valuables. Don’t leave any bait out for thieves, stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight. Any evidence may be enough to pique the interest of thieves.  So hide that power plug, iPod adapter, and even put the cigarette lighter back in its place.

· Park for visibility. Park in busy, well-lit areas, and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, and foliage.  The greater the chance that someone might see a crime in progress, the lower the chance that the potential thief will attempt it.

· Stash before—not after—you park. Get in the habit of putting shopping bags in the trunk right when you return to your vehicle, rather than after you park at the next place.  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), thieves sometimes linger in busy parking lots looking for valuables being moved out of sight.  Don’t display to them what you have.

So if you follow these tips, you’ll feel a little safer when you shop this holiday season.