Auto burglaries in Fremont are on pace for all time high
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Vehicle Security: Park Smart
Remove all valuables from your vehicle when parked. This includes taking everything out from the glove compartment and the trunk. Currently, the Bay Area is witnessing a significant increase in auto burglaries. Thieves will break into cars randomly despite no valuables are visible. Help us help you by removing all valuables from your vehicle.
When the vehicle is in operation in parking lots or stopped at a busy intersection, remove valuables from the passenger seat of the car. There have been incidents where a suspect will walk up to a stopped car and break the window to the passenger seat in order to grab any valuables placed there.
You Can Help Prevent Car Theft!
Though professional car thieves have entered the field in increasing numbers, most cars are still taken by amateurs who can be stopped fairly easily. You can greatly increase your protection against this type of crime by taking the following sensible precautions.
- An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. LOCK UP WHENEVER YOU LEAVE YOUR CAR, AND TAKE THE KEYS WITH YOU.
- Lock the trunk and/or tailgate.
- Close all windows—professional thieves have tools that help unlock cars through a minimum of open space.
- When you park the car, remove all valuable possessions from the car. Do not leave gift-wrapped packages or cameras lying on the seat of your car.
- Avoid leaving an auto unattended in public parking lots for an extended period of time.A car is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended lot.
- If possible, park your car in a lot where you don’t have to leave your keys.
- Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead the thief directly to your car—and your home. If you have to leave your keys with a parking attendant, only leave the ignition key.
- At night, park in well-lighted areas with pedestrian traffic.
- Whenever possible, turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, making it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.
- Be sure vent or wind-wing windows are shut tight. These are a favorite means of entry for car thieves.
- With an electric engraver, etch your California Driver’s License number preceded by the letters “CA” on removable items.
- Record your vehicle identification number(located on a small metal plate on thedashboard of newer cars) and store it in a safe place.
Use Anti-Theft Devices
- When buying a car, check the manufacturer’s list of anti-theft options,such as interior hood and trunk releases, locking steering columns and others.
- Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as:
- Interior hood lock and release.
- A second ignition switch or “killswitch” which prevents electrical current from reaching coil distributor.
- A fuel switch which prevents fuel fromreaching the carburetor.
- A locking gas cap.• Locking devices for batteries, wheels,decks, etc.
- An alarm device which will activate a siren, horn or lights—or all three—to frighten the thief away before he is able to steal your car.
How to Prevent Theft of Other Motor Vehicles
Thefts of snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and trail bikes are also increasing. Many of the same precautions that apply to cars and bicycles also apply to recreational vehicles.
- Lock up and take the keys with you.
- Make sure all easy-to-carry items like motors, water skis and camping gear are locked up before leaving your vehicle.
- Vehicles carried on trailers should be secured with a strong chain and padlock.
- Use “Anti-Theft” Devices
- When the trailer is not attached to your car, secure it with a heavy chain and lock to a stationary object.
- Chain your motorcycle or snowmobile to a stationary object such as a lamp post or sewer grating. Even when your vehicle is in the garage, use a heavy chain and padlock that resists conventional steel hacksaw blades.
Other Anti-Theft Devices
- You can buy an alarm for your vehicle that is mounted behind the license plate, and sounds off if the vehicle is moved.
- Locking steering columns are effective anti-theft devices.
How to Prevent Bicycle Theft
- Always chain your bicycle when leaving it—even for a short time. The chain should be case-hardened, at least 1/8 inch thick and covered with plastic or an inner tube to prevent scratching the bike’s finish. Make sure you use a sturdy padlock. Always chain both the rear wheel and the frame to a stationary object in a conspicuous place. If you only chain one wheel to the other, it can be thrown in a truck and unlocked later.
- Store It: Never leave your bicycle unlocked, even at home. Store it indoors or in a locked garage whenever you’re not using it.
Remember: Don’t try to stop a criminal yourself — it can be dangerous.
- Call 911 immediately if you see a crime in progress!