Protect Your Car
Theft From a Vehicle
Theft from a vehicle is one of the most common crimes in our area. Approximately 1789 car break-ins occurred in 2017 in Eugene. In almost all cases, the victims had left property visible in the vehicle. There is one clear message, if you want to keep someone from breaking into your vehicle, don't leave anything visible inside the vehicle! If you will follow this one simple rule, you will likely not become a victim of this crime.
- Be careful about electronics in your vehicle…GPS, Ipod’s, etc. Even just a cord visible, indicates the likelihood such a device is inside.
- Don’t put something in your vehicle trunk and then walk away from the vehicle. If someone saw you put it in, they can usually access your trunk by breaking into your vehicle and accessing the trunk release. Instead, put the item in the trunk before arriving at your location. This is especially important at hiking/running locations, sporting events and shopping malls.
- Lock your vehicle at all times, even in your garage and when making short trips into a convenience store, school, post office, etc.
- Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
- See our brochure: Theft From Vehicle Brochure
Approximately 572 vehicles were stolen in Eugene in 2017. The most commonly stolen vehicles are mid-late 90’s, Toyotas / Hondas or their derivatives.
The Eugene Police Department offers these programs to help you protect your vehicle from being stolen:
The “Club” ™ is a steering wheel locking device. Locking this mechanism to the steering wheel of a vehicle, makes it VERY difficult to steal. There has never been a car stolen, in the City of Eugene, with a “Club” locked to the steering wheel. EPD, in partnership with the manufacturer of the Club, is able to offer the Club for sale at a significant savings over the normal retail price. EPD sells the clubs for a non-profit price of $13.00.This is a very inexpensive way to protect your vehicle against a car thief. The "Club" can be purchased at EPD headquarters (300 Country Club Rd, open 24/7), the West University Station (791 E 13th Ave, M-F, 8am to 4pm) or the Downtown Station (960 Olive St, M-F 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm).
Although not specifically a “prevention” program, EPD offers this program related to stolen vehicles in our community. A “hotsheet” is a list of vehicles that have been stolen in the Eugene area over the last few weeks. The public can sign up to receive this daily report via email. The goal of this program is for there to be additional “eyes & ears” in the community, helping law enforcement recover stolen vehicles.
For more information or to sign up to receive the public hotsheet emails please contact Program Manager Harlow Meno via email or at 541-682-5642.