Stow It, Don’t Show It!

Did you know that thefts from vehicles represent a large percentage of property crimes reported in Memphis?

Thefts from vehicles can be prevented — Don’t be a victim!



Car burgulars will seize the opportunity to enter unlocked vehicles. Don’t make your car an easy target by leaving your car doors unlocked.

  • Always lock your doors. 
  • Spare car keys should not be stored in or on your car; thieves know where to look.
  • Don’t forget to close windows and sunroofs. 
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in the vehicle. 
  • Park in a well-lit parking area. 
  • Consider installing a car alarm or a security device, and place anti-theft stickers on your vehicle.


Take extra precautions to avoid a criminal window-shopping inside your car. Never give thieves a reason to break into your vehicle and steal your belongings. 

  • Place any property in the trunk before you get to your next destination. 
  • Do not leave possessions on the passenger seat. 
  • Never hide expensive possessions under the seat, as this is the first place burglars check for stored items.
  • Never attempt to cover valuable items left on the seat or floorboard of your car; blankets and articles of clothing present a hidden clue to thieves that items may be underneath. 
  • Do not leave any important documents in your car that contain your personal information.


Don’t let busy shopping habits leave you vulnerable to theft and other crimes of opportunity.

  • Always stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Never distract yourself by placing belongings in your vehicle while talking on the cell phone. 
  • Do not make unneccessary trips to put away packages inside your vehicle. Remember, you may not see a criminal but a criminal always sees you.
  • Never use the excuse, “I’ll only be gone a few minutes,” to not secure your belongings and lock your doors.


If your car is broken into or stolen, notify the police immediately. Be prepared to give the following information:

  • Date, time and location of the crime
  • Vehicle description to include the year, make, model, license plate and/or VIN number
  • List of valuable items inside your vehicle
  • Any suspect or witness information

Common items stolen from vehicles:

  • CDs
  • Tools
  • Purses
  • Laptops
  • Briefcases
  • Sunglasses
  • Car Stereos
  • Checkbooks
  • Credit Cards
  • GPS Devices
  • Loose Change
  • Mobile Phones
  • Shopping Bags