Safety Tips

  1. Auto Theft Prevention

Did you know…

  • The top four stolen vehicles in the City of Milpitas are:
    • 1991-1995 Acura Integra
    • 1990-1993 Honda Accord
    • 1993-1998 Honda Civic
    • 1987-1991 Toyota Camry
  • The top five stolen vehicles in the nation are:
    • 1991 Honda Accord
    • 1995 Honda Civic
    • 1989 Toyota Camry
    • 1994 Dodge Caravan
    • 1994 Nissan Sentra.
  • During the winter months, numerous cars are stolen within the City of Milpitas and within Santa Clara County due to car owners warming up their vehicles and leaving them unattended.

Preventative Measures to Protect Your Vehicle

  • Always lock your car and take your keys.
  • Never leave the vehicle running and unattended.
  • Never leave a spare set of keys in your vehicle.
  • Use auto theft deterrents (steering wheel locks and /or alarms).
  • Park in well-lit areas and be familiar with your surroundings.
  • Park in attended lots.
  • Keep all valuables and packages out of sight.
  • If you have a garage, use it and lock your car in the garage.
  • Park with your wheels sharply toward the curb and put on your parking brake.
  • Thieves will often use tow trucks or flatbed trucks to steal your vehicle and this will make it a little more difficult for them.

Anti-Theft Systems & Other Preventative Options?

  • Anti-Theft Systems - Including siren or horn alarms, starter disablers, motion sensors, remote control activation, panic buttons and shock detectors on doors, windows or trunk lids.
  • Steering Wheel Locks - Steering wheel locks are visible from outside the vehicle and prevent the wheel from being turned more then a few degrees.
  • Collars - Collars are devices that wrap around the steering column and prevent the steering column from being stripped and exposing the starting mechanism.
  • Fuel or "Kill" switches - Inexpensive switch inside the vehicle cuts off fuel supply or "kills" electrical current and must be flipped before vehicle will start. Check if vehicle's warranty is affected before installing.
  • VIN etching - The vehicle identification number of your vehicle is etched on windows and / or major parts to make them easier to trace.
  • Vehicle Tracking Systems - Hidden transmitters allow stolen vehicle to be tracked by police or by global positioning satellites.
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