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POLICE DEPARTMENT

TEN MOST STOLEN VEHICLES I N AMERICA

The City of West Melbourne is joining other cities across the nation in an effort to combat auto theft. Through- out our country, auto theft is increasingat a higher rate than any other crime. In an effort to help curb this alarmingtrend, the City of West Melbourne is imple- mentingthe COMBAT AUTO THEFT PROGRAMor C.A.T. The program will start in mid January.

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1984Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1986 Chevrolet Camero

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1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1986Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1991 Chevrolet T-10 4x4 Pickup

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1987 Chevrolet Caprice

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1985 Buick Regal

AUTO THEFT AWARENESS/PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

Do not leave your keys in your vehicle, office, house, etc.! Thieves look for keys!

Here's how it works: 1) The owner of a motor vehicle preregisterstheir vehicle with the West Melbourne Police Department. 2) After completing a registrationand consent form, the vehicle owner will be given a sticker that will be attached to the ins~d left rear window of their vehicle. 3) The agreement and sticker authorize law enforcement officers to stop the vehicle anytime between the hours of 1

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      The officers will then determinewhether the driver is

authorized to be in possession of the vehicle.

The West Melbourne Police Department be1ieves this will deter many would be thieves. Registration also increases the possibility of recovering stolen vehicles for their owners faster as the sticker makes the vehicle stand out to the officer on patrol.

To register your vehicle or to obtain more informationyou can go to either:

Keep all valuables in the trunk of your vehicle. IF YOU CAN'T REPLACE IT, DO NOT LEAVE IT IN A VEHICLE!

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Never leaveyour vehicle running.

Always keep windows and doors locked -even while driving.

Keep your garage door opener with you. If your vehicle i, stolen, the thief may attempt to get into your house.

Copy your tag number and vehicle ID number on a piece of paper and keep it with you. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE VEHICLE. If your vehicle is stolen, it cannot be entered into the statewide network without this information -the delay may make a big difference.

Carry your regisration and license in your wallet. Thieve can use these documentsto sell your vehicle or to imper. sonate you.

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6. Churchflempie 7. Restaurant/Lounge

3. CondoIApartment Complex

8. Hotel/Motel

4. Office Building 5. Store (stand-alone)

9. Hospital 10. School

TEN TOP LOCATIONS FOR AUTO THEFT

Community Relations Office 2255 Meadowlane Ave. WeR Melbourne, FI. 32904 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon - Fri.) 723-9966

Park in a busy and well-lighted area.

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West MelbournePolice Department 90 East Court West Melbourne, FI. 32904 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.) 723-7847

IF YOU OBSERVE SOMEONE STEALING YOUR CAR, DO NOT CONFRONT A THIEF! Call 9-1-1 immediately, and try to say calm.

If the theft is in progress, try to get a description of the thief or thieves, the direction they are traveling, and any other vehicles involved.

In recent months, there have been several incidentsof violent crimes involving motor vehicles. In particular where the person is abducted from the vehicle by sorne- one hiding in the back seat or floor board. This can easily be avoided by making it a habit to look into your car before openingthe doors, especially at night. Remember, the perpetrator operates on the element of surprise ,and if you make it a habit to look into your car before entering it, you have essentiallytaken away one of the perpetra- tor's mode of operation. Don't give the criminal the

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