This from Lt. Irvin Robinson of the Henderson Police Department:
1. Don’t leave your keys in the car EVER. Always take them with you.
2. Close car windows and lock car doors.
3. Don’t hide car keys on your car; thieves know where most people hide keys on cars.
4. Don’t leave valuable or interesting items clearly visible in the car or trucks.
This includes CDs, DVDs, cell phones, purses, cash
5. Close the roof on a convertible.
6. Warning devices:
Be sure the anti-theft stickers/decals are clearly visible on a car window.
If the car doesn’t come equipped with anti-theft alarms installed, consider installing one. Ask a dealership what works best with your vehicle.
Consider using a steering wheel lock or brake pedal lock – they’ll slow the thief down or act as a deterrent.
Have a garage? Park the car in it; remove valuable items, lock the car. Then lock the garage and entry doors. Don’t leave your car keys in the garage.
Street parking? Park in a well-lit area and turn your wheels toward the curb. Remove valuable items, lock the vehicle.
Lot parking? Find a lot with an attendant. Remove valuable items, lock the car, leaving only the ignition key with the attendant.
Lot parking no attendant? Park near stairs, an elevator or a well-lit area — any high traffic area. Remove valuable items, lock the car tightly.
Valet? Leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Remove valuable items.
8. Your car should look empty inside. ALWAYS remove the following:
Cameras (digital, video),CDs/DVDs/Tapes, Cellular phone jack/charger
Cellular phone, Purse/wallet
Work items (i.e. laptop, carrying case, briefcase notebook computer, expensive camera or other highly-prized items.
If you have expensive items in your car such as amps, stereos or other items, take pictures of them and note their serial numbers. If they are stolen, it will help substantiate your claim and make it easier to prove ownership.
9. Remove the face plate from your car stereo when not in use.
10. Don’t leave your car running with valuables in it while you run in a store to pick something up, no matter how quick the errand or how cold the day.