Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Vehicle-Related Crime

Crime Prevention and Safety Tips

Taking the following steps will make your home less appealing to criminals and more secure for you and your family: 

Secure doors and windows at all times if you are home or away.

The majority of would-be thieves enter homes through open windows or doors, only one in four break-ins involve forced entry.
Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors; double cylinder deadbolts provide the greatest protection. 
Solid wood or metal doors offer the most security. Avoid installing hollow core doors or doors mostly made of glass. Install outside lights. Use motion detectors wherever possible. 
Keep bushes and plants trimmed that make it easy for burglars to hide. 
Consider a chain link fence instead of a solid wood one so that your neighbors or patrol officers have a clear line of sight into your yard. 
Install a security system. Supervise construction or repair people who come into your home. 
Do not put your name on your house or mailbox.


An increasing number of Precinct 7 residents are being faced with the distress, anger, and aggravation with becoming victims of vehicle-related crimes.  Most of the time, these crimes can be prevented. The following steps can help make your vehicle less appealing to criminals. Although, these methods are not fail proof by any means, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

  • Do not leave valuables like a briefcase, purse, laptop, or GPS system in view inside your car.
  • Always lock your car door.
  • Leave your vehicle registration at home. Do not leave vehicle insurance documents and personal papers in your glove box. Many of these documents contain personal information— a social security number, driver license, credit card number — that thieves can use to steal your identity or burglarize your home.
  • Use an anti-theft device.
  • Do not store an extra key under the car/fender/etc.
  • Park where your car can be seen from the street.

Home Safety Tips

Harris County Precinct 7