From the Desk of SMPD Detective Ed Han

How to Better Protect Your Vehicle and Its Belongings, Wherever You May Travel…

Admit it. There are times when we take better care of our car than ourselves. We may be slow to schedule a dentist appointment or even slower to see our doctor, but there are those of us who would never pass on a trip to the car wash to spruce up what may often be one of our prized possessions. Or worse, we take our four wheeled friends for granted and get so used to them and their dependability that we neglect even the simplest of things, like a car wash, an oil change, or just checking the air in the tires.

Well regardless of wherever you fall on that scale that lies between neglect and true love, your police officers would like to pass on a few tips to further protect “Old Blue”, “Charlotte”, or whatever name you’ve bestowed upon your trusted (or untrusted) four wheeled companion. Take it from me: a little foresight and precaution can go a long way towards protecting your car and more importantly, its contents…

—–> An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. Lock up when you leave your car and take your keys with you, closing all windows as well. So simple its the step most commonly forgotten.

—–> Lock the trunk or your tailgate.A folding seat may allow access to the cab.

—–> When you park your vehicle, remove tempting items like cellphones, GPS, and other valuable possessions. Lock all valuables in your trunk or take them with you.

—–> Do not leave your car in unattended public parking lots for an extended period of time. If possible, park your car in a lot where you do not have to leave your keys. If parking with an attendant, leave only the ignition key.

—–> Park in well traveled area. Lots of people=lots of witnesses to deter thieves. Park under a light if you intend to return to your car after sundown. Well lit cars are harder targets for thieves.

—–> Have a garage door opener? Think twice about leaving it somewhere visible or even in the car, especially if you keep items with your address on them in the vehicle.  Keep your registration and insurance in your wallet or purse instead of the glove box.

And lastly, always remember that overall San Mateo is a safe community and we want you to enjoy it as much as possible.  These proactive safety tips are intended to give you and yours peace of mind and provide you with steps you can take to protect yourself.  In fact, we work hard in partnership with this community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in hopes that you will never be a victim.  I hope you are all fortunate enoughto not only work, but also to live and thrive in the beautiful City of San Mateo, one of the Peninsula’s premier cities. In the end we hope safety tips like these empower you to protect yourself and in this case, your four wheeled friend.

————-Detective Ed Han, Badge #161

Ed Han

Detective Ed Han is a 4 year veteran of the San Mateo Police Department.  He is currently assigned as a Detective and a member of the North County Regional SWAT.  In his previous “life” he was a Certified Public Accountant and he is everyone’s favorite ringer for any golf tournament as a near-scratch golfer and former member of the USF Golf Team.

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