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In Your Car


  • Check the back seat before entering.
  • Keep vehicle doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
  • Be suspicious of people approaching your car asking for directions, or change, or handing out flyers.
  • When stopping in traffic, leave enough distance between your car and the one in front of you, so you can quickly pull away if necessary.
  • Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
  • Don’t offer rides to anyone you don’t know, even if he or she claims to be a student.
  • Honk your horn if someone suspicious approaches your vehicle.
  • If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on flashers, and wait inside the car for help with the doors locked. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA. Don’t go with anyone.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police.
  • Keep valuables in the trunk or glove box of your vehicle, not on the seats.
  • Park your car in well-lit areas.
  • Remove all keys from your vehicle. Thieves look for keys under fenders and in magnetic key cases. Walk with your keys in hand.
  • Remember to buckle up. It’s the law in Alabama.