Auto Burglary Prevention
Crime is like a table with three legs - it takes all three legs to
stand. If you take away even one leg, the table isn't supported. Desire, ability,
must all exist to support crime. Even though we may not be able to stop
someone's desire to commit a crime, we can take away their ability and/or
their opportunity to commit the crime.
DESIRE + ABILITY + OPPORTUNITY = CRIME
Auto Burglary Prevention, like all crime prevention, is the act of
taking away the criminals ability and/or opportunity to commit a crime. With a
little time and diligence, you can make a difference in your vulnerability
to Auto Burglary!
Curb Auto Burglary
The Tampa Police Department's "Move It or Lose It" Auto
Burglary Prevention campaign is
a way of reminding citizens how the simple act of placing valuables into the
trunk of their car can significantly reduce the likelihood of being a
victim of auto burglary. It only takes a few seconds to put your valuables
in the trunk and out of plain view. A laptop, cell phone, GPS,
purse, or even a cup holder full of change can tempt a thief.
Sometimes we have wrong impression of criminals.
We put our valuables in the floorboard or seat and cover them. Actually this
often has the opposite effect and broadcasts that there is something of
value in the car.
our "Move It or Lose It" (PDF 942KB) campaign hang-tag flyer
to print and distribute
at your business, church, organization, etc. The flyer is designed
One of the techniques used in modern crime prevention is
"natural surveillance." While this principle is usually
applied to building and area design, you can use it to your advantage
too. Park in an area where the likelihood is greatest that others will
view it with the greatest frequency. Criminals do not like to commit
their acts in plain view of many people, they like seclusion.
Close your windows & lock your doors (the simplest &
easiest prevention technique).
- Remove valuables or place them in the trunk of your
- Remove 'pull-out' style radio face plates (if equipped).
- Park in well lit areas when possible.
- Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed
Park in your garage if you have one.
- Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
BY THE NUMBERS
30 - The seconds it takes for a thief to break
into your car
and steal your valuables!
20 - The seconds it takes to put your valuables into
your trunk, out of sight!