The last thing you need is to find your vehicle’s window broken or items missing. The Miramar
Police Department suggests taking these simple, but important steps to maintain your car’s
* Don’t leave valuables in your car. That sounds like common sense, but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target.
* If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
* Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
* Try to park in busy, well-lighted areas, or in your garage (if you have one).
* Raise your windows and lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every week, items are stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner expected to be away for “just a second.” Thieves often target vehicles at gas stations or parents dropping their children off at daycare centers and schools.
* Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that caralarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto burglar.
* Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint, and after-market tint is handy to keep all the broken glass in one “sheet” when they break out your window.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VEHICLE IS BURGLARIZED:
As soon as you notice your vehicle has been burglarized, do not touch/adjust anything in, on or around the car. As soon as possible, call the police to report the incident.
If you see suspicious activity, call the police immediately.