Most thefts from vehicles take place during the late night hours, however we have seen thefts from motor vehicles during the day. In these cases, valuables were left in plain sight and unknown suspect(s) broke out a window and grabbed the valuables. Many of our thefts from vehicles occur due to vehicles being left unlocked.
Make yourself less vulnerable to theft by following the recommendations below.
Secure your vehicle by locking all doors and rolling up the windows.
Remove all portable stereo equipment, CDs, cellular phones, radar detectors, clothing, and other similar equipment from your vehicle. If you have a removable faceplate on an aftermarket radio system, remove the faceplate. If this is not possible, make an attempt to hide it from view.
Remove all personal property such as purses and wallets.
Do not leave personal information inside of your vehicle such as your birth certificate, vehicle title, social security card, etc. due to identity theft.
Do not leave packages visible in your vehicle.
Park in well lit areas or areas of high traffic/visibility.
Do not leave your vehicle running or your keys in the vehicle unattended. (You can be cited for this type of violation).
Report suspicious activities in parking lots to the Hamilton Police Department immediately.
Check your vehicle daily to ensure that it has not been damaged or broken into.
Mark valuables with an invisible marking pen or engraving tool, which is available at the Hamilton Police Department’s Public Affairs Section at no charge. Never mark your valuables with your social security number.