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Theft from Motor Vehicle Prevention

Theft from Motor Vehicle Prevention

Thefts from motor vehicles are reported to the police department every week andremains, year after year, one of the most frequently occurring crimes in the United States. Most are crimes of opportunity through unlocked doors and open windows. 
Vehicles are easy targets and often contain property attractive to thieves. Large parking lot locations like shopping centers, housing communities, parks, and schools are prime targets for a theft since multiple ve-hicles can be hit in a short time span. A theft from a vehicle may leave you with the inconvenience of re-placing property, making reports to your insurance company and the police, repairing damage to your ve-hicle, and the frustration of losing your valuables. Use these easy and inexpensive tips to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. 


Remove These Items:

  • Cameras 
  • CD player and CD’s 
  • Cell phones 
  • Checkbooks 
  • Clothing 
  • Credit/debit, gift cards 
  • Day planner 
  • Electronic devices 
  • Garage door opener 
  • GPS unit 
  • Jewelry 
  • Keys 
  • Laptop 
  • Luggage or bags 
  • Mail 
  • Purses 
  • Receipts/statements 
  • Store bags or packages 
  • Tools 
  • Vehicle title 
  • Wallets 

Parking & Securing Your Vehicle: 

  • Use a garage or secure location whenever possible. 
  • Park in well-lit areas where your car can be seen. 
  • Avoid isolated areas. Park near locations frequently used by pedestrians.
  • If you hear something suspicious (shattering glass) or see someone looking into vehicles, call 911. 
  • Roll up the windows and lock all doors. Never leave your keys anywhere in or on the car. 
  • Secure the trunk, hatches, bed-mounting tool boxes, and canopies. 
  • Activate your alarm. 
  • Install anti-theft devices.


Lock your doors & windows. 

Prowls are crimes of opportunity! 

Remove your personal property. 

“Put your junk in the trunk!” 

Use anti-theft devices. 

Anti-Theft Devices:

  • Car alarms are convenient and effective
  • Install switches to interrupt the fuel supply
  • Locking gas caps deter fuel from being siphoned 

For Emergencies, call 911


Sioux City Police Department

(712) 279-6440

601 Douglas St.

Sioux City, IA 51101