Vehicle Crime Prevention Tips

When Driving

  • Avoid driving at night in isolated areas.
  • If another driver "bumps" your vehicle, do not stop if you believe the accident to be suspicious. Try to get the vehicle's license plate and report it to the police as soon as possible. Drive to a well-traveled area before getting out of your vehicle to inspect for damage.
  • If involved in an accident on private property, call the police for assistance at 719-687-9262. If no officer involvement is needed, file a report online here.
  • If stopped at a traffic light or stop sign, leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you to allow for a quick departure, if necessary.
  • If you are parked in a large lot, look around for anything suspicious. If you believe you are being watched, do not go to your car, go back to the building and ask for someone to go with you to your car. 
  • If your car has a flat tire or another problem, stop in a well-lighted and highly visible area.
  • Never pick up a hitchhiker.

When at Home

  • Do not keep a hide-a-key in the wheel well, or keep a key near your vehicle that is not in your possession.
  • Do not leave valuables (purses, wallets, phones, cameras, laptops, etc.) inside your vehicle, even if locked.
  • Do not leave your title, registration, or identifying material in the car. This information can be used to impersonate the owner of the vehicle.
  • Even if your vehicle is in your driveway or your garage, lock it.
  • If not automatic, make sure to activate your vehicle alarm whenever you exit your vehicle.
  • Never leave your car running and unattended.
  • Never leave your keys inside of the vehicle.

When Away from Home

  • Before locking your vehicle, make sure that your windows are rolled all the way up.
  • Do not attempt to "hide" valuables under the seat or under clothing in the vehicle. Take valuables with you or store them in the trunk.
  • If going somewhere at night, park in well-lighted areas, preferably in sight of security cameras, if possible.
  • If having your car valeted, give only the vehicle key to the valet.
  • If you have electronics charging cord, either put them in the glove box or have both ends clearly visible. Burglars are willing to break a window if there is a chance an electronic device is inside.
  • Lock your vehicle, even if you are only going to be away from it for a short time.
  • Never leave your car running and unattended.