July Crime Tips – Vehicle Safety and Security

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Crime Tips, Current News
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breakinsCar Break-Ins!

In the FPSE community larceny still remains one of our stand out crimes.  Car break in’s are a serious problem and create a disruption for those that fall victim.  If you are commuting around the city there are some security measures you can take to help safeguard your vehicle(s).

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department recommends some of the following precautions that may help avoid vehicle related thefts:

  • Use a “club” or other steering wheel device.
  • Try to park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Check in, around and under your vehicle for suspicious persons before entering.
  • Lock all doors after entering your vehicle.
  • If possible, keep your car parked inside of a garage instead of on your drive-way or on the street.
  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you are only leaving for a few minutes.
  • When walking to your vehicle, always have your keys in hand so you won’t have to search for them.
  • NEVER leave a running vehicle unattended.Completely close all your windows when you park the car.
  • NEVER leave your title or other important paperwork inside your car.
  • Consider installing an alarm.
  • Always keep plenty of gas in your vehicle so you do not have to stop at unsafe locations or times.
  • Never pick up hitch-hikers.
  • If you have car trouble, try to get to a safe, well-lit spot, put on your emergency flashers and display a “Send Help Sign” if possible.
  • If you are being followed while driving your car, drive to the nearest police station or gas station. If there are no safe places to stop, honk your horn in short rapid blasts and turn on your emergency flashers. Call 911 and try to obtain a license plate number and description of the vehicle that is following you. NEVER drive home or pull to the side of the road.
  • When leaving your vehicle, always remove detachable faces for stereos and GPS units.
  • Do not leave bags, purses, electronics, cash, wallets, check books, keys or any other valuables on the seats or in plain view.  Cords for chargers, and other electronics are also often taken.
  • When transporting valuables, place them in the trunk before you get to the location where you intend to park. Don’t transfer them at the parking place in open view of other people.
  • Using a U-lock for your bike or scooter as well as registering them with the SLMPD or another neighborhood program if available is ideal.  At minimum write down the serial number(s) and take a picture of your bike or scooter.  This way if something does happen you have some records to assist the police should they locate your property at a later date.

To receive a “club” at no cost, contact Samantha Royston at the WUMCRC

to learn more about how to qualify.  #314-747-2332

To purchase a “club” or other anit-theft devices (bike locks, scooter locks), visit the

Department of Revenue’s License Fee Office,1200 Market,

Room 110 or the Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal. # 314-664-1008

If you find yourself the victim of a car break in, or vehicle theft please report the incident to police as soon as possible.  Please also know that you can contact myself, the Neighborhood Advocate (Carolyn Compton) for assistance.

My contact information is:  #314-454-5808 |  ccompton@cwensi.com  |  447 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108

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