In 2013, the Newton Police Department took over 90 reports of burglary from a vehicle. This does not include the numerous calls officers received of vehicles having been rummaged through but nothing was taken. Below is a list of things you can do to help prevent your vehicle from being broke into or stolen.
- Lock your doors – By locking your doors, you make your vehicle a less tempting target because it takes extra time, effort and noise to either "jimmy" the lock or break a window.
- Take your keys out of the vehicle – By leaving your keys in the vehicle, you make your vehicle very tempting to steal. Also, the keys most likely give a thief access to your home and business.
- Do not keep valuables in your vehicle – Do not leave money, jewelry, purses, wallets, cell phones, guns, etc. in your vehicle. If your vehicle does not have anything of value in it for thieves, they will probably leave it alone. If you have to keep valuables in your vehicle, keep them hidden. When placing valuables in the trunk, do it before you arrive at the location you are going to park to prevent people from seeing what is being placed in your trunk.
- Do not leave spare keys in/on your vehicle – An experienced thief knows all the "usual" hiding places for spare keys. Keep a spare key in your wallet or purse.
- Park in well-lit areas – When parking your vehicle in parking lots or on the street, try to park in a well-lit area near your destination.
- Park in your garage – If you have a garage, use it. Parking in the garage forces thieves to first enter the garage and then get into your vehicle.