Personal vehicles are often targets for vandalism and theft. Auto theft is one of the most common crimes in San Andreas. Every day, deputies and officers respond to dozens of vehicle alarms or reports of stolen vehicles from across the state, even in remote locations. Stolen vehicles are used for a variety of illicit purposes, including being used for the commission of other crimes or being 'chopped' for stolen parts. The Los Santos County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau has written a list of tips you can use to help prevent yourself from falling prey to this ever-growing criminal enterprise. We hope that you do not become a victim in one of our auto theft casefiles. --
Never leave your engine on if you are not in the vehicle. This includes making sure that you don't leave your keys in your ignition. If you leave your engine on or leave the keys in the ignition, all the thief has to do is get into your vehicle and drive away. If your engine is off and your keys are not there, then the suspect has to take extra time and effort to try and hotwire the vehicle. --
Never leave your vehicle unattended with the doors unlocked. If you leave your doors unlocked, then the suspect has to take extra time and effort to break your lock before they can get in the vehicle, significantly slowing them down. --
Park your vehicle in a secured garage or a well-lit public area, preferably with cameras nearby. Thieves tend to seek out vehicles that are kept in remote, isolated and easy to access locations where there are few witnesses. If you have a secured garage, then you should park there because it will be hard for anyone else to get to your vehicle. If you do not have a secured garage, then park somewhere with a lot of potential witnesses and cameras that can record what happens to your car. --
Purchase advanced security systems for your vehicle. These security systems can include an audible alarm that may activate when someone attempts to steal your vehicle, GPS tracking that can alert law enforcement of the location of active vehicle alarms, immobilizers that can physically interrupt individuals who are attempting to hotwire your vehicle and more. --
Try to avoid parking your vehicle in high-crime areas where it is more likely to be targeted. --
Never leave valuable items in plain sight. If a thief sees valuable items sitting in plain view, then they may be more tempted to try and break into your vehicle to take those items. Keep your personal items secured in an out-of-sight location, such as your glove compartment or trunk. --
Keep your tag number written down. If your vehicle is stolen, law enforcement may need this tag number to alert other units to be on the lookout for your vehicle. Law enforcement have access to find your registered tag number using your name, but this will take extra time that can be saved if you simply know your information yourself. --
Only give spare keys to individuals you trust. --
If you have valuable possessions in your vehicle, check to make sure they are still there whenever you leave and return to your vehicle. If you see that personal possessions are missing, contact 911. --
If your vehicle alarm has been activated, immediately contact 911 and notify law enforcement of the vehicle's exact location. This will help law enforcement get to your vehicle more quickly instead of having to track down the alarm's area. --
If you find that your vehicle has been stolen, immediately contact 911 and notify law enforcement of the model, tag number and last known location of the vehicle. If you see who stole it, give a detailed description or identification for that individual. You can use your vehicle's GPS tracking system to attempt to locate the car and notify law enforcement if you detect a location so that they can check the area and make sure it is secure before arranging for the vehicle to be turned back over to you.
It is our hope that these tips will help you keep your vehicles secure. We cannot guarantee that your vehicle will be completely safe from theft but following these tips will make the process more difficult for the potential criminal.
For Information, Contact:
Captain Amanda Morales, Commanding Officer
Los Santos County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau
(808)121-5929 — [email protected]
SHERIFF'S INFORMATION BUREAU
SHERIFF PAUL REXFORD PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER OLIVIA HAYES
Los Santos County Sheriff's Department — "A Tradition of Service"