Continue to read for tips on protecting yourself and your vehicle from unsuspected car theft.
Vehicle theft continues to be on the rise in the region, especially as the weather becomes warmer. One tactic suspects are using is to initiate a minor, fender bender accident as a ruse to steal the other driver’s car.
To help prevent you from falling victim to this type of incident, the Olivette Police have the following information:
- If you are involved in a minor traffic accident and suspect suspicious circumstances, do not check the damage in a remote area. Motion the other driver to follow you to an open business or the City Center to exchange information. Call 911 immediately.
- If you feel you are being followed by another vehicle, do not drive home. Drive to an open business or the City Center and call 911 immediately.
Preventing Car Theft
How do you help protect yourself from becoming a victim of car theft? Be vigilant about securing your car and take preventive measures to keep your car safe. Here are a few additional tips to help protect your car from theft.
1. Lock your doors.
2. Remove your keys from the vehicle before exiting the car.
3. Do not leave a spare key near or in your vehicle.
4. Roll up your windows.
5. Parks in well-lit areas.
6. Do not leave valuables in your car.
7. Be alert.
8. If your vehicle has anti-theft technology, use it.
9. Never leave the area while your vehicle is running.
We hope by taking simple precautions will help you reduce the chances of your car being stolen.