Evanston police reminded residents Wednesday that there is a simple way to make your car less attractive to burglars: Lock it up.

About 90 percent of Evanston’s car burglaries, they note, are unlocked cars. And those that are stolen are usually unlocked with a key left inside.

So they offer these suggestions for keeping your car out of the daily crime bulletin:

1. Make sure you take your keys out of your car and lock it.

2. Do not leave valuables visible in your car. If you have to leave valuables in your car, lock them in the trunk.

3. You should never leave your car running unattended. 

4. Even if you don’t think you have a spare key or fob in your car, double check. Look in your vehicle’s interior compartments to make sure there is not a spare key or fob you forgot about.

5. Check the owners manual. Some cars come with a valet key in the owner’s manual and the owner is not aware it’s there. If your owners manual has a valet key, take the key out of the car.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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