Thefts are often crimes of opportunity with thieves stealing items left unattended or out in plain view. There are proactive steps you can take to protect your personal property.
General Tips for Safeguarding Personal Property
- Lock it – secure your home, garage, vehicle doors, windows, gates and sheds
- Carry it – don’t leave items such as purses, wallets, cell phones, electronics, keys or other valuables unattended for any amount of time while in public
- Remove it – bring valuables from your vehicles, yards, patios inside
- Activate it – utilize exterior lights, security cameras and alarm systems
Preventing Thefts from Auto
- Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas
- Keep doors locked and windows up
- Never leave valuables in your car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them—all the time, every time
- Don’t leave items in plain view and never leave a spare key in your vehicle
Preventing Motor Vehicle Theft
- Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots, and gas stations.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Double click the lock button on the key fob to receive a confirmation beep/chirp or pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked.
- Park in well-lit areas and activate exterior lights at your home.
- Never leave the area while your vehicle is running – even for a short duration of time. Doing so is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Do not leave your keys, key fobs, or valet keys in your vehicle. This includes keys to a secondary vehicle.
- Ensure that your vehicle is turned OFF when leaving it unattended. Vehicles with keyless ignition systems can be driven for extended periods of time even if the key fob is not inside the car. Be sure to read your owner’s manual carefully and familiarize yourself with how to operate your vehicle’s keyless ignition system properly.
- Keep information, such as the make, model, model year, license plate and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) easily accessible in the event your vehicle is stolen.
Preventing Package Theft
- Track your packages so you know when they arrive
- Require signature for packages
- Schedule packages to arrive when you’re home
- If you are unavailable when the package is delivered, have someone you trust accept the package, utilize in-store pickup, or hold the package at a mail facility for pickup
- Consider requesting a mail hold when you’re out of town