Thieves need less than 20 seconds to steal your property, but the consequences from a car break in can last much longer, including: credit card fraud, check fraud, damaged credit line, higher insurance costs and more.
Thefts from automobiles typically increase in parks and public parking areas during warm weather months. Woodbury residents and Woodbury Police can work together to help prevent car theft in our community.
Tips to prevent theft from vehicles
Never leave valuables, such as wallets, purses, computers, cell phones or jewelry, in plain view in your vehicle
Lock car doors and roll the windows up tight
If you have valuable in your car, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your parking destination
Watch for suspicious acting people loitering or lurking in the area of parked vehicles. Call 911 if you see something suspicious.
Park in a well-lit area if you expect to return to your car after dark
Keep a record of all your credit card numbers. Write down the serial numbers, makes and models of your personal property
What to Do if It Happens to You
Call 911 immediately if property is stolen from your vehicle
If possible, stay where your vehicle was parked
Prepare a list of what was taken
Immediately cancel all credit card and bank accounts if a credit card or checks are stolen; do not just place stop payment orders on checks that were stolen