How to Reduce Auto Theft:
- Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for “just a minute.”
Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it’s in front of your home.
- Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.
- Remove portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems, including suction cup or bean bag type mounts. (Even the visible appearance of a suction cup ring on the glass windshield can be an enticement to a thief to break in and look for the GPS system.)
- Park in busy, well-lighted area.
- Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Don’t leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
- When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition or valet key with the attendant. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.
If you do not drive your vehicle between the hours of 1AM-5AM you may be interested in the WATCH YOUR CAR program.
WATCH YOUR CAR is a national vehicle theft prevention program funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice. It is a voluntary vehicle registration program designed to deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves. Vehicle owners/lessees sign an agreement stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. If a police officer observes the vehicle being driven anywhere in the United States during these hours, they may stop the vehicle and verify the vehicle owner/lessee is operating it, or a person designated by the owner/lessee.
The WATCH YOUR CAR program is administered by the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Utah State Tax Commission and is provided as a public service, FREE of charge, to owners/lessees of vehicles registered in the State of Utah.
If you’re interested in protecting your car — police officers across the nation are ready to… WATCH YOUR CAR!