Theft from vehicle

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CRIME PREVENTION TIPS




THEFT FROM VEHICLE
CREDIT: CLEMENTI NPC, SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

theft from vehicle 

Theft from vehicle is the criminal act of stealing or attempting to steal (valuable) items from a motor vehicle.

This is a preventable crime. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of such crime.

how IT happens

When the thief gains entry into the vehicle by:
- Tampering with:
--> Doors;
--> Windows;
--> Keyholes;
--> Smashing the windows or windscreen; or

- Use of:
--> An ignition key of another vehicle;

--> Some form of tools to force open vehicle doors; or
--> A tech device that unlocks a vehicle (i.e. electronic car theft)

- The thief can also gain 'easy' entry when the car owner (unintentionally or intentionally) leaves the vehicle unlocked.

when IT can happen

When a vehicle is:
- Exposing valuable items (i.e. laptops, cash cards, handbags) not stored away from view, and attracting unwanted attention;
- L
eft unsecured and unattended;
- Parked at a secluded area, low security area or poorly-lit area during the hours of darkness.

crime prevention tips

« Park your vehicle in well-lit areas;

« Secure all the windows and doors properly. Remove key from the ignition, even if leaving vehicle for a short while;

« Avoid leaving any valuable items on vehicle seats or in the view of any passers-by;

« Scan the vicinity for suspicious characters before leaving vehicle;

« If you see any suspicious characters, take note of their appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features and call the Police for assistance. Do not confront them.

«  Install:
- an anti-theft alarm system and an in-vehicle camera in your vehicle; and/or
a vehicle immobiliser system (for vehicle security).



The following devices are recommended to enhance the security of your vehicle to deter motor vehicle theft:

«  For motor vehicles like car, van or truck, install additional locking devices like:
Steering wheel lock
- Clutch lock
Brake lock
Gear lock

«  For motorcycles. install:
Front wheel safety lock
Cable lock
Disc or Sprocket lock
Shackle lock


Call Police for assistance if you are a witness or if you are victim of such crimes.  Do it from a safe distance and/ or location.

Stay calm and observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features; as well as the suspect's location or the direction the suspect went.


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