Police, parking lot owners work to reduce vehicle-related theft

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DENVER — Auto theft and auto burglary are two of the most common crimes in the United States, and the most common crimes in the Denver metro area over the past five years, according to the Denver Police Department.

(What’s the difference? Auto burglary is the stealing of items from inside a vehicle, while auto theft involves taking the whole car.)

With an eye toward preventing car-related crime, Denver police and local parking lot owners have started using electronic signs to get the word out.

Police also offered the following tips to reduce your chance of being a victim:

  • Keep your vehicle locked (even when parked in front of your home).
  • Don’t leave anything of value in the vehicle; take it with you or lock it in the trunk. This is especially true for a purse, cell phone, iPod, computer case, or money.
  • Keep your house key and vehicle key separate.
  • Remove your garage door opener from your vehicle when parked in your driveway or on the street.
  • Always keep a copy of your vehicle registration, license number and VIN on you.
  • Do not warm up your vehicle in the morning without someone being in it.
  • Park your vehicle in areas that are highly visible and well lit.
  • Never hide a second set of keys inside your vehicle.
  • Approach your parked vehicle from the passenger side. This gives you the opportunity to observe under your vehicle while walking.
  • Before entering your vehicle, look inside of your vehicle front and back area for suspicious circumstances.