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Make You Car Tough To Steal – Crime Prevention Tips

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“No Cost” Precautions

– Take Your Keys. Nearly 2O% of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them.
– Lock Your car. Approximately 25% of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
– Never Hide a Second Set of Keys in Your Car.
– Park in Well-lighted Areas.
– Park in Attended Lots.
– If You Park in an Attended Lot, Leave Only the Ignition/door Key.
– Never Leave Your Car Running, Even if You’ll Only Be Gone for a Minute.
– Completely Close Car Windows When Parking.
– Don’t Leave Valuables in Plain View.
– Park With Your Wheels Turned Towards the Curb.
– If Your Vehicle is Rear-Wheel drive, Back Into Your driveway.
– Always Use Your Emergency Brake When Parking.
– If You Have a Garage, Use It.
– When Parking in a Garage, Lock the Garage door and Your Vehicle.
– Disable Your Vehicle When Leaving it Unattended for an Extended Period.
– Replace “T”-shaped door Locks With Straight Locks.
– Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
– Engrave Expensive Accessories

Investing In Vehicle Protection

– Ignition Kill Switch
– Fuel Kill Switch
– Visible Steering Wheel Lock
– Floorboard Locks
– Gearshift Locks
– Tire/Wheel Locks
– Hood Locks
– Armored Collar Around the Steering Column
– Alarms
– Vehicle Tracking

Lock, Take and Hide Crime Prevention Tips

Categories: Police Community Partnerships, Safer Dallas

The Lock, Take and Hide Public Awareness Program is a program related to reducing auto burglaries and auto theft.

LOCK your cars, TAKE your keys, and HIDE your belongings.

The large majority of auto thefts occur when people leave their vehicles unsecure with expensive belongings in plain sight.

The Dallas Police Department and the City of Dallas encourage business owners, apartment complexes, shopping centers, malls, movie theaters, and parking companies through the city to place LOCK, TAKE and HIDE signs on their property.

LOCK, TAKE and HIDE Public Awareness Program Signs

Robbery Prevention Tips

Categories: Police Community Partnerships, Safer Dallas

During the holiday season most people are thinking of last minute shopping and large meals. However, not every one considers the holidays a time to celebrate, but rather an opportunity to commit a crime.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

What is a Robbery?
A Robbery occurs when in the course of committing theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, the suspect intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.

What Is the Robber Looking for?
Location: Is the victim close to other people and places where they can be seen when he commits the offense?
Lighting: Is it a dark area that can hide the offense and escape?
Alertness: How alert is the victim? Are they paying attention to their surroundings?
Advertising: What does the victim have that the robber wants?
Distracted people: Don’t distract yourself by talking on a cell phone while going to school or work. See who is hanging outside or looking out the windows keeping a watchful eye on their neighbors.

Safety Tips
• Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t be distracted.
• Try not to be in isolated and dark areas alone.
• When returning home, scan your neighborhood for individuals or activity that seems out of place before parking. The element of surprise is a criminal’s most important advantage.
• If you’re in the parking lot or driveway and you see someone you’re suspicious about, don’t exit your vehicle. Instead you can call someone out from the house or leave the area and come back when you feel safe to do so.
• When taking packages from your car to your house don’t leave your vehicle unlocked with packages inside. Also, when you enter your house don’t leave the door open behind you when unloading packages.
• If you feel you’re being followed, drive to a safe place, such as a police station.
• Don’t be a hero by taking an action that can jeopardize someone’s safety.
• If you are robbed, follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than he asks for.
• If you must put your hands in your pockets/purse explain the action before doing it.

Things to remember
Make a mental note of the robber’s description, what was said, what kind of weapon was used, and where it was placed. Note any accomplices and how they escaped, direction of travel, type and color of vehicle, and license number.

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