• Plan alternative routes to your destination. That way, if your regular route is closed or inaccessible, you can reach still reach your destination safely, on familiar territory.
  • Keep your car in good running condition, and keep the tank at least a quarter full (or greater in winter, to avoid gas line freezing).
  • Lock all doors and keep windows rolled up at all times-even if you are driving for only a short distance.
  • When approaching your vehicle, have your keys in hand, ready to open the door. The few seconds you save fumbling for your keys may keep you from becoming a victim.
  • Be especially alert when using enclosed parking garages. Remember exactly where you parked your vehicle. Don’t walk into an area if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Leave only your ignition key with a parking lot attendant. Don’t leave your trunk key (if different) or your house or work keys, as someone may make copies while you are out.
  • Always look inside the car before entering. An intruder may be crouched on the floor of the back seat.
  • Avoid “smash and grab” crimes (incidents in which an offender breaks a car window and steals valuable items) by placing purses, packages, and other valuables under the front seat or, better still, in the trunk.
  • Remain alert at all times. Keep the radio off or at a low volume to help remain alert, and don’t become distracted during calls on your car phone.
  • Take special care when stopped in traffic for anyone approaching your vehicle. Sound your horn to attract attention if approached by a suspicious person.
  • Drive away to a well-lit and secure area.
  • Sometime carjackers or thieves driving behind you will bump your rear fender, expecting you to pull over right away. If your vehicle is tapped in the rear, do not pull over, especially at night or in unfamiliar places. Instead, drive to a well-lit, secure area with other people such as a gas station or, better still, a police facility to report the accident.
  • If possible, try to drive in the left lane, away from the curb.
  • Avoid asking strangers for directions.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and place emergency reflectors or flares. Then stay in the locked car. When someone stops to help, do not get out.
  • Ask the person, through a closed or cracked window, to telephone the police for help.