Although no vehicle is 100 percent theft-proof, Hood River law enforcement officials believe the odds of having it stolen can be greatly reduced.
"The more time a thief has to spend stealing your car, the greater the chance of his getting caught," said City Detective Andrew Rau.
Both Police Chief Tony Dirks and Sheriff Joe Wampler said common sense is the best defense against car prowls and vehicle thefts. They recommend that residents throughout the county take the following precautions:
* Lock your car and take your keys.
* Never hide a second set of keys in your car.
* Park in well-lit areas.
* Never leave the car running unattended.
* Completely close all car windows when parked and don't leave valuables in plain view.
* Park the car in a garage if one is available.
* Remove the electronic ignition fuse, coil sire, rotor distributor, or otherwise disable the vehicle if it will be left unattended for an extended period of time.
* Engrave expensive accessories and major parts with your VIN or personal identification number.
"By making your car a tougher target, you'll encourage that thief to move on," said Rau.