Securing your vehicle can be one of the most difficult
jobs in your effort to protect your personal belongings. Theft
of stereos and other valuables from cars is a prevalent crime
during late night hours when most are asleep.
In order to reduce the likelihood of your car being
"ripped off," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has listed
the following tips to follow:
First, consider the installation of an ignition "kill" switch
or a fuel cut-off valve. These range in price from $30 to
$75 and are recommended for even older model cars.
Try to avoid parking in large, subterranean or covered parking
areas at night. They usually provide a risk-free environment
for car thieves. Whenever possible, park where there is good
lighting and in a spot that is visible to potential eyewitnesses.
Do not store valuables in your car, even in the trunk. Thieves
often will force open trunks, especially at shopping centers
and beach parking lots looking for concealed items.
The installation of an alarm system that detects glass breakage
can protect most car stereos from theft. Make sure that you
can adjust the sensitivity so that false alarms will he eliminated.