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Auto Theft

Statistics:

  • There were 199 reported automobile thefts in Norman in 2009
  • There were 270 reported automobile thefts in Norman in 2008

Prevention suggestions:

  • NEVER Leave your keys in the car (or leave the vehicle running & unattended).
  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in front of your home or in your garage
  • Keep the keys to your home and car separate
  • Copy down your tag and vehicle identification number (VIN) and keep a copy with you (with your driver’s license) and keep a copy at home
  • Keep your car in good running condition and always have plenty of gas to get to your destination and back (you don’t want to leave it sitting along the side of the road if that can be avoided)
  • Avoid isolated parking areas with little foot or auto traffic
  • Keep copies of your insurance and car registration with you and not in your car
  • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk or keep the items out of sight if you have to leave packages in your car unattended
  • If your trunk can be opened from inside your car without a key, lock this when you are not in your car or have it disabled if possible
  • Never leave your wallet or purse in the car even when it is sitting outside your house, in your garage
  • When parking or leaving your car, always watch for suspicious people or vehicles in the area,/li>
  • If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help
  • Keep your doors locked while you are driving or sitting in your car
  • Try to always shop with at least one friend in your car with you and park in well lighted areas that have steady foot and auto traffic

Advanced prevention suggestions:

  • Carry a cell phone with you to make it easier to summon help in an emergency situation (you can still call 9-1-1 even if you have a cell phone that does not have service)
  • Install an alarm on your vehicle (some insurance companies reduce your auto insurance premium for this)
  • Tint the glass to make it a little harder to see in your car
  • Install a steering wheel locking device
  • Install an ignition kill switch (a hidden switch that cuts off the power in the steering wheel to the ignition)
  • Get “On-Star,” “LoJack,” or a similar satellite based tracking system installed on your automobile

What to do if your vehicle is stolen:

  • Notify the police department as soon as possible
  • The police communications officer will request information such as your vehicle make, model, color, tag number, last direction of travel (if known)
  • After speaking with the police communications officer, contact "On-Star" or "LoJack" if you have service with either company
  • The officer will want the same information as above and if you were following the basic prevention steps you will have your tag and VIN with you!
  • Make sure you call any credit card companies, your bank, credit reporting agencies, the cell phone company, and anyone else that may need to be notified if that information happened to be in your car
  • Notify your insurance company
  • If your vehicle is recovered you may consider having the locks re-keyed, however if the insurance company has paid you off the car belongs to them

The three Most Stolen Vehicles in Norman in 2009

  1. Chevrolet pickup
  2. Ford F-150
  3. Ford F-250