Car Security Tips from the Durham Police
Always lock your car and check it before you walk away. Breaking into an empty car isn't worth a thief's time.
Always lock your vehicle and store or remove all items out of sight. Remember the old cliche: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND? The same applies to items in your car.
If you take packages to the car but plan to return to the store or mall, drive to a new location. Criminals are on the lookout for unsuspecting shoppers who simply drop their purchases into the trunk and then return to keep shopping.
When returning to your vehicle (or home) have your keys in your hand ready to open the door. A few seconds may keep you from becoming a victim of crime.
Most vehicles are equipped with factory car alarms. If someone startles you or approaches unwantedly, push your vehicle's panic alarm. It may also prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
Please be alert for all suspicious activities in the neighborhood and call the police at 911 if you have any concerns. The police stress that 911 is not just for emergencies, but for all concerns about neighborhood activity feel concern about. Don't worry about 'bothering' the police. If something seems strange or unusual, call 911 and let the police determine whether action needs to be taken.