Each year in the state of Texas, thousands of vehicles are stolen. It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you drive, criminals are always looking for targets of opportunity. Unlocked vehicles or keys left inside unsecured vehicles contribute to a high percentage of vehicle thefts/burglaries. Listed below are some tips to help in the prevention of vehicle thefts/burglaries:
Always lock your vehicle and take your keys.
Never leave your car running and unattended.
Park in a well-lit area in public places and park inside an enclosed area or garage while at home.
Keep valuables out of sight.
If your vehicle is not equipped with one from the factory, Install an aftermarket alarm or anti-theft device. Many insurance companies may give you a discount for certain anti-theft devices. Check with your agent for details.
If your vehicle is stolen:
The Mesquite Police Department would like to remind you that if your vehicle is stolen, the first thing to do is to remain calm and follow these steps:
Immediately contact the Mesquite Department and file a report. MPD dispatch can be contacted at 972-285-6336 if the theft is delayed or 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Make sure you provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) number or license plate number to help MPD and other law enforcement agencies locate your vehicle if it has been stolen. If you do not have your VIN number readily available, contact your insurance company or financial lender.
Report the theft or burglary to your insurance provider. Even if the loss is not covered, reporting the crime will protect you if the automobile causes harm to others after being stolen. If possible, have the vehicle’s title, the location of all keys before the theft, a thorough description of the vehicle, and any personal property that was stolen with the vehicle.
Contact your financial institution if the vehicle is leased or still being financed.