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Protect your car from theives
Protect your car from theives

Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Dept. gives these tips on protecting yourself from car theft.

With recent cases of criminals breaking into vehicles in the news, I have compiled a list of things to do or consider when leaving your car unattended. 

  • When parking your car, whether it’s in your driveway or at the store, the first rule of thumb is to Always Lock Your Doors.  Yes, the old adage is true that locks only keep the honest people honest, but there is a flip side to it.  Most criminals only look for the soft (read: easy) targets to prey on which is usually the unlocked car.  Occasionally, the criminals might see something in the car that they will risk breaking the window for which brings us to the next point. 
  • Never leave anything of value inside your vehicle while unattended.  If you leave a laptop or purse on the seat then it is almost like an invitation to a criminal to break in and take it.  In society we tend to think that most people are honest, but in reality there are those few who look for the path of least resistance and are looking for items that are easy to steal.  If you must leave something valuable in your car then place it in the trunk where it isn’t visible to the naked eye. 
  • When parking your car overnight be sure to think about its placement regarding both your safety and your car’s.  Parking near a street or business light is the safest course of action.  Lights help deter criminal activity since the darkness is their friend on their endeavor to remain anonymous.  Also, if you own a garage then be sure to make use of it and park your car inside at night.  This is a safer arrangement for you and it assures you that nobody will bother your property at night. 

These are just a few things to think about to help ensure your safety and the safety of your property.  In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to worry about such things, but in reality it’s best to take the necessary precautions.  Stay safe out there. 


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