Vehicle Safety Tips

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Vehicle Burglary_coverKeep your vehicle safe from burglary as you would your home. Theft from an auto is the easiest crime to prevent by simply locking all your car doors and removing all your valuables.

  • Wherever you park, take ALL your belongings with you.
  • Underground and multi-level parking structures are target areas for criminals looking in cars for electronics, backpacks, money, spare car keys, purses, cellphones, packages and sporting goods
  • Always lock your car. Criminals are looking for an easy score.
  • Call 911 to report a theft in progress.

If you must leave valuables in your car, lock them in your trunk or keep them out of sight. Be aware that someone may be watching as you put a wallet, purse, or cell phone under your seat, in your glove compartment, or in the trunk. Look for prying eyes or suspicious individuals.

If you park in your driveway or on the street, install motion sensors or photocell lights near where you park. Motion sensors will trigger a light to come on when it senses activity in the immediate area. Photocell lights will turn on at dusk, and then off at dawn automatically.

If making more than one trip to put items in your car while at the mall, consider moving your vehicle to make it look like you’ve left.

Additional Tips:

  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Close all windows, including vent or wing windows.
  • At home, park in your garage if you have one.
  • Avoid parking in alleys.
  • Consider installing an alarm. A car alarm system is an effective deterrent to car burglars. Criminals will always choose the easiest target. If there is more than one car to choose from, the burglar will always choose the car that is not alarmed.
  • Make a copy of your registration and black out the address. Keep the original at home in a safe place.
  • Do not leave outgoing or incoming mail in your car where it is visible with your name and home address.
  • When entering gated, underground parking areas, check your rearview mirror to make sure that someone doesn’t sneak in behind you.
  • Most importantly, report suspicious persons to the Sheriff’s Department and report all crimes.

Vehicle Safety
Because the County of Los Angeles is so large, the most preferred method of transportation is a motor vehicle. Whether you are the driver or a passenger, the Los Angeles County Fire Department wants you to stay safe. We have offered a few simple facts and tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe while driving. 

  • All children younger than eight years old must ride in the back seat of a car in a booster
    or car seat. 
  • Everyone riding in a vehicle must have their seat belts fastened at all times when a
    vehicle is in motion. 
  • During rainy weather, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you in the event you
    need to brake suddenly. If you use your windshield wipers, your headlights must be
    turned on. 
  • When driving, all cell phone conversations must occur while using a hands-free device. 
  • If using a map app, GPS system, or texting, the same hands-free laws apply.
  • In rainy weather, use extra caution and give yourself ample room to stop. 
  • Keep your bike properly maintained. This means checking the air in the tires, the brakes, and the chain regularly. This will help to keep your bike running safely and efficiently. 
  • Sidewalks are for pedestrians, not bicycles. 
  • Use reflectors and lights, and wear light colored clothing while riding (especially at night) in order to be more visible to motorists.
For more information: 

City of West Hollywood Public Safety Department: (323) 848-6414 TTY (323) 848-6496
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station: (310) 855-8850