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Preventing Theft from Auto

Theft from Auto YouTube VideoIn 2011, over 500 vehicles were broken into in the contract cities (Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Township).  Theft from Auto is a common occurrence, but steps can be taken to minimize your risk.

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Did you know…

  • Items most commonly stolen in a theft from auto include: in-dash mounted stereos, CDs, navigation devices, portable media players, mobile phones, and purses/wallets
  • 70% of victims locked their vehicles and rolled up their window, but still had their vehicles broken into
    • That’s why it is important not to leave anything valuable in your vehicle
  • If your purse or wallet is stolen, you could become a victim of fraud or identity theft
  • Neighborhood Watch groups are easy to organize and help keep your community safe by working with the Sheriff’s Office

Prevention Tips

Steps can be taken to minimize your risk and prevent your vehicle from being broken into by criminals.

  • The BEST prevention tip is: Do not leave valuables in your vehicle
  • Always lock your doors and close your windows
  • If you leave personal property in your vehicle make sure it is out of view
  • Make an extra stop before arriving at your destination, to lock valuables in your trunk (if you must leave them in your car)
  • Remove all add-on radios, CD players, telephones, navigation devices (this includes any portable mounts)
  • Park in well lit areas or in areas visible to pedestrian and vehicle traffic
  • If you have an alarm, use it
  • Be wary when parking in places like movie theaters, gyms, or churches – thieves know how long you’ll be gone
  • Keep a record of the serial numbers for all of your valuables
  • Watch for suspicious persons
  • If you see any, call 9-1-1 and report them
  • When reporting suspicious activity be as specific as possible
  • WHENEVER IT IS SAFE to do so, try to get a description of the person, exact location, direction of travel, and vehicle information (license number, color, make, model)


Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Agency - Established 1849

Sheriff Matt Bostrom