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Posted on: October 30, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Vehicle Theft Prevention - "The Club"

In response to the on-going problem of auto theft in Lane County, Eugene Police are hoping to help provide drivers with this effective deterrent tool to protect their vehicles from theft. While statistics have not been compiled, Eugene Police detectives report that no cars have been stolen with the Club installed. However, there have been a few cases in which the Club was in the vehicle, just not being used!

In the past two years more than 1,000 vehicles were reported stolen to the Eugene Police Department. Don’t become one of next year’s statistics!

AVAILABLE:
Police Headquarters: 300 Country Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401
541.682.5131, Open 24/7

West University Station: 791 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97401
541.682.8350, Open Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Downtown Station: 960 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401
541.682.5280, Open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cut your risk of being a vehicle theft victim:
• Always take your keys with you. Don’t try to hide them on or near your vehicle. An experienced thief knows where all the hiding places are.
• Lock your vehicle every time you leave it, even if only for a short time.
• Completely close your car windows when parking. Don’t make it easy for a thief to gain entry.
• Don’t leave ANYTHING in your car. Any item can attract attention and tempt thieves to break into your vehicle.
• Don’t leave a trace. Don’t leave any sign that there may be valuables “out of sight,” in your vehicle. For example, the mounting bracket on your dashboard or a charging cord might tell thieves you have a GPS or cell phone/MP3 player in your glove box.
• Park in well-lit high activity locations. Thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
• If you must leave something in your car, think about your risk. Consider placing items in your trunk before arriving at your destination. Someone may be watching you when you put your valuables under the seat or in the trunk.
• A car alarm can be a deterrent but don’t let it lull you into complacency Lock doors, roll up windows and don’t leave anything in the car.
• Park your car in your garage at home.
• Remember, your garage door opener is a key to your home. Secure it on your person, not in your car.
• Upon leaving or entering your vehicle, be observant of people and activities. Report anything suspicious to the Eugene Police Department right away by calling the non-emergency number, 541.682.5111.

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