Tips for car safety

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• Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you’ll be gone only a short time.

• Keep your car in good running condition, and keep the tank at least one-quarter full.

• Lock doors while driving.

• If your car breaks down, raise the hood and place emergency reflectors or flares. Then stay in the locked car. When someone stops to help, don’t get out. Ask him or her, through a closed or cracked window, to telephone the police to come and help.

• If you’re coming or going after dark, park in a well-lit area that will still be well-lit when you return.

• Be especially alert when using enclosed parking garages. Don’t walk into an area if you feel uncomfortable.

• Leave only your ignition key with a parking attendant. Don’t leave your house key, garage door opener, or other important items in your car.

• Never pick up hitchhikers.

• Control your keys. Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate you and burglarize your home.

• If carrying packages or valuable items, store them in your trunk. If you do leave packages, clothing or other articles in the car; make sure they are out of sight.

• Keep your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a complete description of your vehicle in a safe place in your home.

Source: Greenwood Police Department.

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