Always check the back seat of your car before entering
Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up at all times
Always park in a well-lit busy location
If someone tries to force their way into your car, blow the horn
Keep your car properly maintained
If you think you are being followed by another car do not go home, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open gas station, or other well-lit place, do not get out of your car, rather, use your horn to summons help
Be sure your house, garage and driveway are well lit
When you reach home, leave your car lights on until you open the garage and have your house key ready before you get out of the car
Leave your car in gear when you have to stop at intersections
When you go out, be sure to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of return
Use busy, well-lit streets when possible
Be sure you have enough gas to get to your location
If you wish to help a stranded motorist, do not stop, go to the nearest telephone and call for help
If you park your vehicle during the day and return at night, park near the street and building lights when possible
Stay alert and attuned to things going on around you, do not leave your car if you observe any suspicious persons in the area
Have your car key ready before you approach the car so you do not make yourself vulnerable while searching for the right key
When parking in a valet lot, leave only your ignition key
o If your car breaks-down in an isolated area, turn on the emergency blinkers, raise your hood, get back in your car as quickly as possible, lock your doors and keep the windows rolled up. If someone stops, ask that they send help, do not get out of your vehicle or accept rides from anyone other than properly identified repair and delivery personnel.
Never open your door to anyone you do not know. Always verify by telephone that these persons work for the company they say they represent and have been sent for the reason stated.
o Most service company employees carry identification cards. Examine the identification carefully. If such a person does not have an ID, get their name and call the company they claim to represent before letting them in.
Find someone with whom you can be accountable. For instance, if you must walk alone, call someone and tell him or her where you are going, and what time you will return. Plan to call them when you arrive or return. If you are late, your contact person can call the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 719-4412 and advise them of the situation.
Never leave your keys in the car. Always lock doors and keep valuables out of view. To avoid car problems, keep your car in good working order. Consider purchasing an emergency roadside kit, a cellular phone or CB radio. If you must pull over, light flares and put up emergency triangles. Lock yourself in the car and wait for assistance. For more information about how to form a watch group, or information about existing groups in your area, contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Division at (843) 719-4713.