Vehicle Prowl Prevention

Vehicle prowls are the theft of property from a motor vehicle. Most are crimes of opportunity through locked doors and open windows where victims usually encounter expensive vehicle damage – especially to their windows, doors and locks. Large parking locations like shopping centers, housing communities, parks and schools are prime targets for a prowler since multiple vehicles can be hit in a short time span. Also, prowlers know the odds are good that someone will leave a door unlocked, a window down or keys in the ignition.

Unfortunately, vehicle prowls are very common. Luckily, they are preventable. Use these easy and inexpensive tips to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of vehicle prowl:

Parking & Securing Your Vehicle

  • Use a garage or secure location whenever possible
  • Park in well-lit areas where your car can be seen
  • Avoid isolated areas. Park near locations frequently used by pedestrians
  • If you hear something suspicious (shattering glass) or see someone looking into vehicles, call 911
  • Roll up the windows and lock all doors
  • Secure the trunk, hatches, bed-mounted tool boxes, and canopies
  • Activate your alarm
  • Install anti-theft devices

Remove These Items

  • Cameras
  • CD player and CDs
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Clothing
  • Credit/debit, gift cards
  • Day planner
  • Electronic devices
  • Garage door opener
  • GPS unit
  • Jewelry
  • Keys
  • Laptop
  • Luggage or bags
  • Mail
  • Purses
  • Receipts/statements
  • Store bags or packages
  • Tools
  • Vehicle insurance, title and registration information
  • Wallets

Anti-Theft Devices

  • Steering wheel locking devices are easy to install and inexpensive
  • Car alarms are convenient and effective - Especially if they disable the vehicle's starter when activated
  • Install switches to interrupt the fuel supply or electrical systems
  • Locking gas caps deters fuel from being siphoned


  • Lock your doors & windows
  • Remove your personal property
  • Use anti-theft devices