Lock It or Lose It!: Tips for Preventing Thefts from Vehicles 

Thefts from vehicles continue to be on the rise in Rockville with the majority of cases due to cars being left unlocked. 

In 2020, there were 278 reports of theft from vehicles around the city. Don’t become a victim. Follow these tips to deter criminals and protect your property:

  • Lock vehicle doors. Check to be sure you’ve closed the windows. 
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave valuables, make sure they are locked in the trunk. Don’t leave them in plain sight. 
  • Don’t leave your garage door opener in plain sight inside of your vehicle. Put it in the glove box, hide it or bring it with you. 
  • Park in well-lit areas whenever possible. 
  • Remember: briefcases, backpacks, gym bags, sunglasses, keys and small change are all tempting to a thief. 
  • If you see someone in your yard, driveway or lurking near vehicles, especially overnight and in the very early morning hours, do not attempt to confront or detain them. Immediately call 911.
  • If your vehicle is broken into, immediately contact RCPD to make a report at 240-314-8900. Documenting every theft from a vehicle is an important step toward stopping crime.

Do your part to stop thefts from vehicles occurring in our city. Remember: Lock it or lose it! 

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