HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAR
Always lock your car doors. Be certain all windows are completely closed.
When driving, keep all doors locked. It is best to park in attended lots.
If you must leave a key with
the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all cases lock your car. At
night, park only in well-lighted areas.
If you have a garage, the
single lock on the door is inadequate to keep intruders from prying up the
opposite side and crawling in. One of three methods may be used to secure
the door: (1) Add another bolt and padlock on the opposite side, or
Install a pair of cane bolts to the inside - only operable from the
inside, or (3) Add a top center hasp. Any person of average height can
operate this locking device. The hasp must be of hardened steel and
installed with carriage bolts through the door or gate. Use large washers
on the inside. After the nuts are secured, deface the threads of the bolt
ends with a hammer to keep the nuts from being removed.
In every case, use a minimum
standard exterior padlock. Don't hide a key outside. Most hiding places
are obvious to the burglar.
Never leave a padlock
unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key
can be made, and the lock returned to its position. Later, the burglar
returns when no one is home and enters at his leisure, using
HOW TO PROTECT BICYCLES
You don't leave your car unlocked, so treat your bicycle the same way. Use
an approved chain and padlock whenever you are not on the seat! Lock it to
the garage - with a 3/8" x 6" eye screw fastened to a stud. The
eye screw should be at least 3 feet above the floor, because this makes
using a pry bar much more difficult.
Whenever you lock your bike
in a public place, chain it to a secure rack through the frame and a
wheel. Keep the chain as high above the ground as the bike will allow.
This reduces the leverage for a pry bar or bolt cutter attack.
MINIMUM STANDARD FOR APPROVED
Must be a least 5/16" hardened steel alloy. Links must be of
continuous welded construction. Lighter chain, or chain with open links
simply will not withstand bolt cutting attacks. Don't GIVE your bicycle
away! Using anything less will invite its theft.
HOW TO PROTECT MOTORCYCLES
These expensive bikes require additional security measures. They must be
secured with a mated 3/8" hardened steel alloy chain and a padlock of
equal strength. Sheathed cable has not proven to be a satisfactory
deterrent to theft.
Good exterior lighting is important, particularly when the yard area is
obscured by high, non-removable shrubbery. The best possible location for
outside lights is under the eaves. This makes ground level assault more
difficult. You can buy an inexpensive timer or photo-electric cell which
will automatically turn the lights on at dusk and turn them off at dawn.