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California State University San Bernardino Police Department
Wednesday March 10th, 2010 :: 03:23 p.m. PST


Crime Prevention Tips

** Lt. Duncan/CSU San Bernardino PD ** has an important message for you! **(Crime Prevention)**
The California State University, San Bernardino Police Department would like to give you a few vehicle burglary and theft prevention tips. There are many things vehicle owners can do to protect themselves, and their property. By taking actions to prevent crime and reporting suspicious activity, campus members can curb crime in the campus parking lots.

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips
• Always lock your doors even if you are making a quick stop.
• Don’t use a keyless remote to lock and unlock your vehicle. Remotes can be cloned.
• Always close all the windows.
• Do not leave any personal property lying on the seats of the vehicle.
• Always put personal property away (out of sight), prior to arrival at your destination; place the property under a seat or inside the trunk.
• If you have a pull out stereo, take it with you. If you have a detachable faceplate stereo, take the faceplate with you.
• Do not leave money in your ashtray.
• Keep your garage door remote out of plain view, and if stolen, change the remote control frequency.
• Don’t leave a vehicle in unattended parking lots for an extended period.
• Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead a thief directly to your car and your home.
• At night, park in well-lit areas.
• Consider an alarm system.
• Report to police any person(s) on our campus who appear suspicious or out of place. If possible get a description of the subjects.
• Don’t hesitate to call the police if you are suspicious of someone or something. Time is of the essence.

Vehicle Theft Protection
Auto Theft is a big and profitable business occurring more often in large cities. According to the FBI crime statistics, a car is stolen in the U.S. every 23 seconds. The experienced car thief can steal the average car in less than a minute. The most frequently stolen vehicles are the most popularly sold over the last decade. For the past five years the most frequently stolen vehicles have been the late 1980’s and early 1990’s model Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Honda Accord. These vehicles have been targeted because of the ease in which they can be stolen. Owners of these vehicles and others should take precautions to prevent their vehicle from being stolen.
A truly dedicated and talented vehicle thief is difficult to deter. However, there are many things that a vehicle owner can do to deter the vehicle thief and to make the theft more difficult. Below are some tips you can use to avoid being the victim of a car thief.
1. Lock your car.
2. Take your keys.
3. Never hide a second set of keys in or on your car. Consider using a Valet key if you have one.
4. Never leave your car running unattended.
5. Close all windows when the car is parked.
6. Don't leave valuables in plain view.
7. Use your emergency brake when you park.
8. Never leave your title inside the car.
9. Replace "T" shaped door locks with straight locks.
10. Stolen cars are more easily traced when Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) have been etched on car windows.
11. Drop business cards, address labels or other identification inside vehicle doors.
1. Install an ignition kill switch.
2. Install a fuel kill switch.
3. Get a visible steering wheel lock, which keeps the wheel from turning.
4. Place a gear shifting lock on your car.
5. Hood locks will not allow thieves to access the engine of your vehicle.
6. Have an audio alarm installed with a visible red light on the dash that activates when it is armed.
7. Have a vehicle tracking system installed.
These are just a few ways you can protect your vehicle from being stolen. Remember, no vehicle is 100% theft proof, but if you follow these tips, your vehicle will be much more difficult to steal.

Walter Duncan

California State University San Bernardino Police Department
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-537-5165

Scott Kovach
University Police

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