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Theft From a Vehicle
Theft from a vehicle is one of the most common crimes in our area. Approximately 2,097 car break-ins occurred in 2011 in Eugene. In almost all cases, the victims had left property visible in the vehicle. There is one clear message, if you want to keep someone from breaking into your vehicle,
don't leave anything visible inside the vehicle!
If you will follow this one simple rule, you will likely not become a victim of this crime.
Be careful about electronics in your vehicle…GPS, Ipod’s, etc. Even just a cord visible, indicates the likelihood such a device is inside.
Don’t put something in your vehicle truck and then walk away from the vehicle. If someone saw you put it in, they can usually access your trunk by breaking into your vehicle and accessing the trunk release. Instead, put the item in the trunk before arriving at your location. This is especially important at hiking/running locations, sporting events and shopping malls.
Lock your vehicle at all times, even in your garage and when making short trips into a convenience store, school, post office, etc.
Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
Approximately 589 vehicles were stolen in Eugene in 2011. The most commonly stolen vehicles are mid-late 90’s, Toyotas / Hondas or their derivatives.
The Eugene Police Department offers these programs to help you protect your vehicle from being stolen:
Combat Auto Theft (CAT)
Many vehicles are stolen during the nighttime hours. This usually allows the thief to have the vehicle for several hours before the victim is even aware the car has been stolen. The victim might not notice the theft until they attempt to go to work, school, etc the next morning. Eugene vehicle owners may sign up for the CAT Program to help combat this problem. For more information...
The “Club” ™ is a steering wheel locking device. Locking this mechanism to the steering wheel of a vehicle, makes it VERY difficult to steal. There has never been a car stolen, in the City of Eugene, with a “Club” locked to the steering wheel. EPD, in partnership with the manufacturer of the Club, are able to offer the Club for sale at a significant savings over the normal retail price. EPD purchases the clubs for $12.50 ea. and sells them for the same amount. This is a very inexpensive way to protect your vehicle against a car thief. The "Club" can be purchased at the main EPD building or at the West University sub-station.
Although not specifically a “prevention” program, EPD offers this program related to stolen vehicles in our community. A “hotsheet” is a list of vehicles that have been stolen in the Eugene area over the last few weeks. The public can sign up to receive this daily report via email. The goal of this program is for there to be additional “eyes & ears” in the community, helping law enforcement recover stolen vehicles.
For more information or to sign up to receive the public hotsheet emails please contact Program Manager Kelly Putnam via
or at 541-682-5642.
CITY OF EUGENE OREGON
125 East 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Eugene, Oregon 97401
Ph: 541-682-5010 Fx: 541-682-5414
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