Parking and Vehicle Safety

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If you have a car on campus, consider these tips from the U-M Department of Public Safety to keep yourself and your vehicle safe.

  • Keep track of your keys

    • Never leave ID tags on your key ring -- if your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car and burglarize your home
    • Leave only your ignition key with parking valets
    • Never leave your keys in your car, even if you will only be gone a moment
  • Keep windows rolled up and doors locked after entering or leaving your car.
  • Have your car keys in your hand so you can get into your car immediately.
  • Check the back seat before entering your car
  • Do not leave valuables in sight – hide them under the seat or in the glove compartment.
  • Always keep your car in good running condition with at least half a tank of gas.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • License plates are sometimes stolen from cars and used in other crimes. Get in the habit of checking your plates when you drive.
  • If you're being followed by another car, honk your horn in short bursts to attract attention and drive to a police department, fire department, or gas station.
  • If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible and put the hazard lights on to warn other motorists. Do not get out of the car. If someone stops to help, ask him or her, through a closed or cracked window, to call the police for help
  • Beware of staged automobile accidents. The goals of these events are to steal your car while you are investigating the damages or insurance fraud.
  • Drive a safe distance behind the automobile in front of you, and if you are in an accident, stay in your car until the police arrive.
  • If you're out with your car after dark, park in a well-lit area that will still be well lit when you return.
  • When parking, look for any suspicious persons loitering before leaving your car.
  • Be especially alert when using enclosed parking garages. Don't walk into an area if you feel uncomfortable.