Vehicle Theft and Break-Ins...
most places, Hubbard Township experiences vehicle thefts and break-ins. The
Police Department is asking for your help in combating these criminals. In the
United States, a vehicle is stolen every 21 seconds. Stolen cars, vans, trucks
and motorcycles cost victims time and money--and increases everyone's insurance
premiums. They're also often used to commit other crimes.
A lot of vehicle crime results from criminals seeing opportunities and taking them. But you can easily outsmart the car thief by following the simple advice given below. Remember most car crimes can be prevented. Don't give criminals an easy ride.
you can do to make your car secure
YOUR VALUABLES AND POSSESSIONS SAFE
Don’t leave anything on display in your car.
Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and
grab’ – they steal first and think about value later. Thieves will smash a
car window just to look inside a bag or box to see if they contain anything of
value. Even if it contains nothing, you will be left with a broken window or
Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car. If you
can’t, lock them in the trunk, preferably before you start your journey.
Never leave any of the following on display
in your car as they are all particularly attractive to car thieves.
Cell Phones, GPS Receivers, Laptops, and IPods, (Basically any
type of easy to sell electronics)
Chequebooks, Credit Cards & Debit Cards
Cash (Even loose change in the ashtray)
Vehicle Registration Documents (These should always be carried on
Private Mail (Especially if it has your address on it)
Wallets and Purses (Duh, we see this often)
Don't make the mistake of thinking because you live in a low crime
neighborhood, that you can leave items in your car or leave car doors unlocked.
Thieves know to cruise "nice" neighborhoods cause that's where the
good stuff can be found.
Don't leave garage door activators in your parked car. Thieves
will have easy access to your garage and sometimes your entire home if the door
from the garage into your home interior is unsecured.
DEVICES ARE ALWAYS GREAT WAYS TO SECURE YOUR CAR AND PUT OFF WOULD-BE THIEVES
Electronic immobilisers (which prevent the car from starting) are
a sure way to put off car thieves.
Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering-wheel locks, are a good
alternative to electronic immobilisers.
They are not expensive and are easy to fit yourself. Commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars--that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees.
Fit locking wheel nuts, as wheels are often a target for car
thieves. Wheel nuts are not expensive and are easy to fit.
An alarm can help to keep your car secure but it must be installed
professionally to be effective. If you live in a high theft area or drive an
automobile that's an attractive target for thieves, you may get a discount from
your insurance company.
You should purchase a locking gas cap. A locking gas cap means the
thief won't be able to put gas in your stolen car - shortening his joy ride.
YOUR CAR KEYS SAFE
When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key and lock
all doors – it only takes a few Seconds for a thief to jump into your car and
drive away. Follow this routine all the time, even when filling up with petrol
or just popping into the shop.
On icy mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended with the
engine running to warm it up or defrost the windows.
At home, always keep your car keys in a safe place which is out of
sight and away from windows and doors.
Arrange to have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN)
etched onto all glass surfaces – including the headlamps. This helps
discourage professional thieves who have to either remove or replace etched
parts before selling your car. Copy the VIN and your tage number on a card and
keep it in a safe place. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this
Consider marking all your valuables, especially those that you
frequently take in your car. Mark items with your ZIPCODE or some other unique
identifying number linked to a recognised database. If any of your valuables
have serial numbers, keep a note of them in a safe place. This should help the
police return your possessions to you if they are stolen and recovered. It also
helps to convict criminals. Our crime prevention officer can give you further
information about marking schemes.
Lock all doors and close all windows and the sunroof every time
you leave your car unattended – however briefly. Many cars get broken into in
the few seconds that a car is out of the driver’s sight.
You can have special security film installed on your side windows
making them difficult to break.
Always remove your in-car electronic equipment,
particularly satellite navigation devices and car stereos, if you can – these
are the most sought-after items in your car. With satellite navigation equipment
remember also to remove any support cradle and suction pads, and wipe away any
suction pad marks on the windscreen and dashboard as thieves will look out for
All in-car electronic equipment – whether you can remove it or
not – should be permanently marked, in a visible place, with the vehicle’s
registration number or some other unique identifying number linked to a
recognised database. Make a note of the equipment’s serial number and keep it
in a safe place.
Pawn shops are regularly checked for stolen goods by comparing
When choosing electronic equipment, look for models with
anti-theft security features.
A lot of stolen items are sold on to the public. If you are
offered a ‘bargain’ you could be buying something that has been stolen.
Stick to reputable shops and dealers.
you have any information about criminal activity, particularly concerning cars
stolen for spare parts or items stolen from cars and then sold to the public,
you can contact the Hubbard Township Police Department by calling the
Non-Emergency number (330)675-2730. You do not have to give out your name.
If you have a garage at home, use it. Always lock your car and
garage. If you don’t have a garage, always try to park in a well-lit, open
place. Thieves always like to steal from cars parked in places where they run
the least risk of being seen. When you park your car away from home, always try
to avoid places that:
Have easy access
Are concealed from public view
Have many escape routes
When parking in a lot, try not to park next to trucks or other
large vehicles which block the view of your car.
When you leave your car with a parking attendant, leave just the
ignition key with the attendant. Make sure no personal indentification is
attached. Do the same when you take your car in for repairs.
YOUR CAR YOURSELF
When selling your car privately, it is worth remembering that
thieves can pose as potential buyers. Never let the buyer go on a test drive
alone. They may not come back. Don’t leave the buyer alone with your keys in
the ignition. Be careful about accepting cheques or banker’s drafts. If they
are fraudulent or counterfeit you will lose the money. If in doubt, contact your
a car by force--has captured headlines in the last few years. Statistically,
your chances of being a victim of carjacking are very slim, and preventive
actions can reduce the risk even more.
Approach your car with your key in hand. Look around inside before
When driving, keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up at
Never roll down your window to a suspicious person.
Be especially alert at intersections, gas stations, ATMs, shopping
malls convenience and grocery stores--all are windows of opportunity for
Park in well-lighted areas with good visibility, close to
walkways, stores, and people.
If someone attempts to force their way into your car, blow the
If the carjacker has a weapon, give up the car with no questions
asked. Your life is worth more than a car.
If you think you are being followed, do not drive home. Drive to
the nearest police or fire station or any well lit store or gas station.
IF MY CAR IS STOLEN?
If your car was just stolen call 911 immediately. Be prepared to
give the 911 operator your vehicle information, the address of where it was
taken from, and any information you may have on the suspects and their direction
of travel. If your vehicle has any unique markings, damage, or parts (like
custom wheels) this will help in locating your vehicle.
Your vehicle will be entered into NCIC (a nation-wide stolen
vehicle data base) and a BOLO (be on the lookout alert) will be immediately
broadcast to all surrounding departments.
Anytme an officer anywhere in the U.S. does a traffic stop or
comes across a suspicious, or abandoned vehicle, the vehicle tag will be ran
through the national data base to determine if the vehicle is stolen. If the tag
comes back "clear" but does not match the vehicle's registration on
which it is displayed, the officer will check the VIN to determine if the
vehicle in stolen.
If your vehicle is recovered by law enforcement you will be
contacted immediately and given the information on how to retrieve your vehicle.
Sometimes an owner of a stolen vehicle happens to recover their
own vehicle. If this occurs you must contact the agency with whom you reported
the vehicle stolen so the vehicle can be removed from the NCIC data base.
Failure to to do so could result in an officer performing a felony
traffic stop upon seeing the vehicle being driven on the roadway and
not knowing the vehicle is no longer stolen. Should this occur, it will not be a
pleasant experience for whomever happens to be driving the vehicle.
IS A BREACH-OF-TRUST VEHICLE also known as UNAUTHORIZED USE?
If you gave your permission for someone to borrow your vehicle and
they failed to return the vehicle as promised, that is known as a breach of
trust. It is NOT a stolen vehicle. You can still report it to the police and we
will attempt to recover the vehicle. Under no circumstances should you lead the
police to believe the vehicle was stolen. Doing so not only could lead to you
being charged with filing a false police report, but it could result in an
innocent person being harmed since the police will use tactics neccesary for
handling a felony level crime instead of a simple breach of trust situation.