Vehicle Theft Prevention
By following these tips, you will reduce your chances of being the victim of a vehicle theft or vehicle break-ln:
Always Take Your Keys
Never leave them in the car. Nearly 20% of all vehicles taken had keys in them. Hiding a second set of keys In your vehicle is not recommended as extra keys can easily be found If a thief takes the time.
Always Lock Your Vehicle
Approximately 50% of all vehicles taken were left unlocked.
Park in Well-Lighted Areas
Over half of all vehicles occur at night.
Never Leave Your Vehicle Running Unattended
Why make it even easier for thieves? Even if you will only be gone for a minute, vehicle thief can happen very quickly. This is especially true during a cold morning when many owners leave the vehicle unattended to warm up. Also, it is against the law to leave your motor vehicle running with the key in it in Wisconsin.
Do Not Leave Valuables in Plain View
Hide them under the seats, lock them in the glove box or trunk, or cover them with something. Leaving valuables in a plain view will attract thieves and make your vehicle more desirable.
Park In a Garage
if you have a garage, use it. Vehicles parked outside or on the street are more vulnerable. When parking in your garage, lock the garage door and your vehicle. By locking both, you will greatly improve your chances of deterring thieves.
Never Leave the Title Registration in the Vehicle
Thieves can and will use it to sell your stolen vehicle.
Register Your Vehicle in the Catch Auto Thieves (CAT) Program with the Milwaukee Police Department
If you do not drive your vehicle between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. you may elect to register your vehicle for participation in this program. Once registered, you will be provided with a window sticker identifying your vehicle as a participating vehicle. Any officer observing your vehicle operating on the roadway between the specify hours is then authorized to stop it without further probable cause.