German Polizei Corner: Avoid vehicle thefts, break-ins

The German Polizei has been receiving notifications from Americans about vehicle thefts and break-ins.

According to a statistical survey conducted by the Landstuhl Polizei department in 2012, 98 percent of Americans whose cars were stolen or broken into failed to secure their vehicles properly. Vehicle thefts and break-ins can be avoided.

A safety-conscious attitude and the activation of an anti-theft system can avoid damage and worries.

Always remove the ignition key, even when you are away for only a short time, like when getting gas. Only then is the car’s anti-theft device activated.
Also, remember to let the steering wheel lock by clicking it into place.

Always close windows, doors, the trunk, the sunroof and the gas cap, even if you are only away from the vehicle for a short time. A locked gas cap makes it difficult for a thief to steal gas.