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In this open letter from an auto theft investigator from Charlotte Meck, Police he explains some of the implications of auto theft.

He states that most of the time, the crime is committed by inexperienced juveniles.    Auto theft is often a “stepping stone”  to other crimes.   Successfully stealing a car emboldens delinquents to other crimes.

Having a car stolen is not something that anyone would look forward to.   As the open letter points out, even if you get your car back,  it may not be the same.   The car was quiet probably abused in your absence and there will always be the lingering sense of being violated.   

The police department also included the following diagram to showcase what we can do to help prevent auto theft.   I had several of these steps covered, but I neglected the most important layer,  common sense.    In addition to feeling violated,  I also feel responsible.   I relay wish that I had read some of this information a week ago.

I will try to do what I can to spread the word on how to prevent auto theft.

Common sense:

  1. Don't leave your keys in the car.    Anywhere in the car (or on the car for that matter)
  2. Don't leave the car unlocked
  3. Don't packages visible in the car
  4. Don't leave firearms in the car
  5. Don't leave a running car unattended

What other tips would would you guys offer?  

Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 7:52 AM Stolen Car | Back to top

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