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Car Safety and Security Tips
- Always pay attention to your surroundings and any activity near your car.
- Have your key ready as you approach your vehicle. Check the door locks, door handles, and the rear seat before entering.
- If someone appears to be “hanging around” near your car, keep walking until they leave.
- Keep your valuables out of direct sight or in the trunk.
- Do not put personal information on your key chain.
- Well-lit, busy places are the best places to park. If you have to park in a poorly lit area, or have to walk some distance to and from the car, have someone walk with you if possible.
When You’re In Your Car
- Keep your doors and windows locked. Roll up your windows far enough so you can get fresh air, but no one can reach into the car.
- Avoid high crime areas and travel well-lit, busy streets.
- Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
- People like to help others. Don’t stop to assist broken down vehicles. Drive to the nearest phone and report the circumstances to the Police.
- If you feel you are being followed, drive safely to a well-lit, occupied area such as a 24 hour gas station or grocery store, or better yet, a Police or Fire station.
- We recommend you don’t use drive-up ATM machines, especially if you are alone. If you do, pay attention to your surroundings.
- If your car breaks down, stay inside with the window up, the doors locked and the hood down. If someone stops and offers help, stay in the car, roll down the window a few inches and ask the person to call help for you.
- Carry a large, brightly colored “HELP, call Police” sign in your car for emergencies.
- If you are “rear-ended” by another vehicle, motion for the driver to follow you to a public place. “Bump and Rob” artists stage such accidents to lure unsuspecting drivers out of their cars to rob them of their wallet or purse. If the driver won’t follow you, obtain as thorough description of the vehicle as you can and report the incident to the Police.