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Don't let your car be the next one stolen! Salem Police offers some auto theft prevention tips


News Release from Salem Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2013 4:33 PM
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July is National Auto Theft Prevention Month and the Salem Police Department is asking the community to partner in the prevention of stol en vehicles.

Based on auto theft crime statistics comparing 2012 to 2013, the incidents of stolen vehicles are up by 33%.

Although auto theft occurs at all hours of the day or night, statistics show an increased frequency between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. However, many of these thefts occur because of opportunity.

Consider employing any or all of these personal actions to prevent your vehicle from being stolen:
* Remove your keys from the ignition. Never leave it running and unattended.
* Lock your vehicle doors and windows. Effectively limit access to your vehicle interior.
* Never leave valuables in plain sight. And, don't just hide them under the seat; take them out of the vehicle.
* Park in well lit areas. Discourage a thief from approaching your vehicle because it is in a well illuminated area which doesn't allow them the cover of darkness.
* Install deterrents. Consider using a steering wheel lock, ignition disable or tracking system.

Additionally, the Salem Police Department also offers the Combat Auto Theft (CAT) Program. Through voluntary registration, owners may enroll one or all of their vehicles which gives law enforcement officers the authority to stop the vehicle between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to determine if the registered owner or their designee is driving.

For a fee of $2.00 per vehicle, registrants receive a black and white decal which is affixed to the vehicle's rear window. It is the distinctive decal that alerts law enforcement officers of a registrant's consent and participation in the program.

Let's prevent auto theft twelve months a year - not just July!

For more information about the CAT program or to register, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175.

See attached educational posters which will be placed throughout the community to increase awareness and decrease theft.
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