Move It or Lose It.
Safeguarding against auto burglary.
The simple act of placing valuables in the trunk of your car and out of plain view can significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of auto burglary. A laptop, cell phone, GPS, wallet, purse, or even a cup holder full of change can tempt a would-be thief. You may believe that leaving these items on the floorboard or seat and covering over them will keep them safe, but instead it just broadcasts that you may be concealing something of value in your car.
Incorporating these simple safety tips into your daily life may help safeguard against auto burglary and protect your personal information:
Conceal and secure
- Secure your valuables. As you arrive at your destination, whether it’s a forest preserve, park, or shopping mall, be aware that someone may be watching as you put valuables under your seat. Instead, secure them in your trunk before you arrive, or take them with you when you leave your car.
- Vehicle registration. Black out the address on your registration and photocopy it. Keep the copy, not the original, in your car. You must be able to present it to a police officer upon request.
- Personal information attached to keys. If stolen, having personal information or a vehicle license number attached to your keys only compounds the problem. A criminal now has access to your home, automobile or office.
- Personal mail. Don’t leave it in your car.
- Garage door opener. Keep it out of sight.
Lock it up
- Always lock your vehicle and take your keys with you, even for quick errands.
- Lock your vehicle’s trunk, hatchback or tailgate.
- Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs.
- Buy—and use—a vehicle alarm. You may think no one notices alarms anymore, but they are effective deterrents to thieves looking for an easy target.
- If you have a garage, park and lock your car in it, and lock your garage doors. Always lock your car when it’s parked in the driveway.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Park in an area visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Email your best safety tip to forestpreserves@LCFPD.org. Help us help you. Take part in our Preserve Watch program and alert us to any unusual activity you may see on forest preserve property.