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Preventing Car Burglaries

Warmer weather can lead to an increase in car burglaries and auto theft. These burglaries and thefts typically occur during the day and evening hours and involve different types of entry. Most of the targeted vehicles are unlocked with valuable items left in plain view. Unlocked vehicles that contain garage door openers also provide thieves with easy access to other valuables.

Please take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of a car burglary:

  • Always lock your car even if it is in your driveway or in front of your home.
  • Do not leave valuable items in your car in plain view.  Purses, wallets, electronic items, and shopping purchases should be removed or secured in the trunk out of sight.
  • Don’t leave keys, fobs, or valet keys in unattended vehicles.
  • Always park in a well-lit area if possible, and leave your outside lights on overnight if your car is in your driveway.
  • Consider motion-activated outdoor lighting or lighting on timers.
  • Make sure your garage door is closed and any access door into the garage is secured including the door from the garage to your home.
  • Consider a car alarm in conjunction with an alarm for your home.  Many insurance companies offer a discount on premiums for a property with alarms. 
  • Promptly report any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood to the Police Department. Crime prevention only works when the community takes an active role.
  • Consider joining the City's Neighbor to Neighbor program. Call 847.926.1000 for more information.

 For additional information, please contact Deputy Chief Jon Lowman on the Police Department Non-Emergency line at 847.432.7730.