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Mount Kisco Cops Offer Tips To Protect Auto Belongings

Follow these guidelines and keep your possessions safe.
Follow these guidelines and keep your possessions safe. Photo Credit: Mount Kisco Police

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- The Mount Kisco Police Department has put out some tips to help residents prevent items from being stolen from their vehicles.

These tips include:

* Lock your vehicle and pocket the keys. Remember to lock the trunk, the hatchback or the tailgate.

* Do not leave spare / valet keys inside the vehicle.

* Never leave your car running unattended (not even for a minute). It is against the law.

* If you have a GPS, remove it and the cradle/suction cup from the window. Store it out of sight. Wipe from the ring/impression from the window that may have been left from the suction cup.

* If possible, avoid parking next to vans, pick-ups and other large vehicles. These large vehicles can hide your vehicle and make it hard to observe.

* Don't invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (loose change, cellular phones, compact discs, iPods, wallets, laptops, sports equipment, electrical power cords, etc.) in sight. Place items out of view in a concealed armrest, glove box or in the trunk if they must be left in the car.

* Whenever possible, park in well lit and busy areas. At home, utilize motion sensor lights on the exterior of your home and garage.

* Avoid transferring items to the trunk where your car is parked. A thief may be watching.

* If you have custom or expensive wheels, purchase and use a wheel lock.

* Checkbooks, credit cards or other credentials, which a thief could misuse, should not be left in a vehicle.

* Install an audible alarm. If your car is equipped with an alarm system, use it.

* If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately by dialing 911.

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