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PARK - Protect Your Car and Valuables

The Lakewood Police Department works diligently to ensure Lakewood is a safe place for our citizens to live, work, and play.

One of the best ways to do this is through crime prevention—but we cannot do it without your help. 

Below you will find numerous tips to help you keep your car and valuables safe—whether at home or out on the town. These tips all center around one easy to remember acronym: P.A.R.K.





Plan where you are going to park.

  • Visibility is key. Find a place that is easily seen during the day and will have adequate lighting at night.
  • The busier the better. The more people that pass by your car, the less likely the criminals will target it. Frequent foot traffic makes a great deterrent!
  • Think ahead! Are you having to work late? Will you be one of the last people to return to your car after a special event? Try to park in a space that will be well lit and busy - even if you return late in the night.




Awareness of your surroundings.

  • When you park, pay attention to what is going on around you. Do you notice anyone suspicious? Is there anyone watching cars and people? Are there people in the parking lot looking like they have no destination?
  • If you feel uneasy at all, do not park and leave your car!




Remember your wallet or purse.

Take all your valuables with you.

  • Your wallet or purse contains more than just money—it contains your identity!
  • Don’t make your car a target! Valuables like cell phones, iPods, and laptops are like catnip to criminals!
  • Hiding items is better than leaving them in view, but criminals watch for people hiding things! Always take your valuables!




Keep your keys with you.

Never leave your car running unattended.

  • Never leave your keys in the car. Not only does it make your car easy to steal—think about what other keys are on the ring. Your mailbox? Your home?
  • Leaving your car unattended, whether it be to warm it up or just run in and grab something you forgot, is more than enough time for a thief to steal it.




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