Vehicle Prowl Prevention

Preventing Vehicle Prowls

Vehicle prowls are one of the most common and preventable crimes that take place in the City of Monroe. The majority of vehicle prowls and thefts from motor vehicles are easily preventable and avoidable by following these simple steps.

Secure your vehicle. This includes rolling up all windows, locking all doors, trunks, hatches, bed-mounted tool boxes, and canopies.

Don’t leave items of value in your vehicle. Items to remove would be:

  • Bank and ATM statements
  • CDs and portable CD players
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Credit cards
  • Jewelry
  • Keys (even if they are not for the vehicle)
  • Laptop
  • Mail
  • Wallets / purses

Witnessing a Vehicle Prowl

If you witness a vehicle prowl in progress do not confront the prowler. Call 9-1-1 and report it to the police. If able to do so, get a good description of the prowler, including:

  • Anything that would make them stand out
  • Clothing (hat, shirt and pants color, gloves, shoes)
  • Direction of travel
  • Height
  • Weight

Don't leave anything in your vehicle that you do not want stolen if it should get prowled. Remember, a good rule of thumb is "when in doubt, take it out."