Remind yourself and others when you leave the car to Hide Lock Take. If you see a person displaying items in their car or leave without locking it, remind them too. You can keep your car safe by reminding everyone else, so that criminals won’t be successful in your area. Hide your belongings, Lock your car, and Take your keys!
Park in well lit areas and lots that have security. Don’t leave windows down or cracked as this only makes it easier to break in to. Try to park nearest to the street or entrances so that it is viewable to passers-by. Do not display decals or signs that upgrades have been made to your car.
If you see any suspicious activity in a parking lot, dial 911 immediately, but do not approach the person. Most thieves will scout an area out and park close. They will look around before attempting to break into a vehicle, often pulling on many door handles to find one unlocked.
If you are a victim of an auto theft, call 911. Take pictures of how the vehicle was left by the thief, but do not touch anything in case there are fingerprints. Establish what was stolen by viewing through windows and estimate a total cost of stolen items.
Hide Lock Take is the most successful auto theft awareness campaign in the world. The success lies within the day-to-day citizens who take action by being proactive against criminals.