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Posted on: September 2, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Crime Prevention Tip: Protect Your Vehicle and Property follow these tips

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, and opportunity 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.

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!

Get more crime prevention tips on preventing auto theft and burglary to auto by visiting our Vehicle Theft Prevention page!

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