AUTO THEFT PREVENTION
Many auto thefts are crimes of “opportunity.” Leaving keys in your car, even in a hidden spot, greatly increases your chances of having your car stolen. 20% of all vehicles stolen have keys in them.
Leaving your car unattended with the engine running, even for a minute, increases the chance for your car to be stolen. Watching your car being stolen is truly a helpless feeling. Take your keys with you!
WHAT ATTRACTS A CAR THIEF?
• Leaving your car unlocked or the windows down.
• Leaving your keys in the car, or having a spare key hidden.
• Leaving your car running, unattended.
• Parking in poorly lit areas, with low visibility.
• Leaving valuables or packages in your car that can be seen.
• Cars not protected with anti-theft devices.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAR FROM BEING STOLEN
• Do not leave your keys or other valuables in your car, which includes your valet keys.
• Do not leave your car running, unattended.
• Close your windows and lock your doors whenever you leave your car regardless of
how long you plan to be gone.
• Park in well-lit areas.
• Keep your car parked in a garage, if you have one.
• Park in lots that have attendants.
• Use anti-theft devices whenever you leave your car.
• Contact Crime Prevention Officers at 757-664-6902 to find out about Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) Etching, which is a simple, fast, and safe way to etch the
VIN into the glass with a chemical solution.
• Call the non-emergency number, 757-441-5610, immediately to report any suspicious
WHAT IS A BAIT CAR
Norfolk Police Department can deploy bait, which can catch suspected car thieves in the act. Bait vehicles are not known to anyone, so thieves do not know if they are stealing your car, or our car! The goal is to arrest those who attempt to steal cars.
HOW TO REPORT A STOLEN CAR
• Call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance, or 757-441-5610 for non-emergency.
• Have your license plate or VIN number available.
• Give the dispatcher any information you have regarding your car, such as make,
model, and color.
• Tell the dispatcher when the last time you saw your car.
• If you have information regarding a possible suspect, and the direction you last saw
the car driving, advise the dispatcher