Theft from Auto

Vehicle Break-In

Theft from motor vehicle / vehicle break-in involves the theft of items from a motor vehicle. It often occurs in driveways, garages, or parking lots. Thieves will gain entry from an unlocked door or open window. They will also break windows and/or punch locks to take items in plain view or thought to be hidden by the owner. It is an easily preventable crime.

Common items taken include, but are not limited to: purses, wallets, brief cases, cash, compact discs, iPods, cell phones, stereos, radar detectors, GPS systems, gym bag, sunglasses, and tools.


  • Take all of your valuables with you. If you must leave them, do not put them in plain view for thieves. Place them in the locked trunk before reaching your destination.
  • Do not leave your keys inside your vehicle.
  • Lock your vehicle and park in a well lit area.
  • Report suspicious activity.
  • Keep your VIN (vehicle identification number) and serial numbers for electronics (iPod, GPS, etc.) in a safe place so you can give it to officers if items are stolen.
  • Use anti-theft devices and/or set your vehicle alarm.