The Anti-Vehicle Crime Association of Minnesota (AVCAM) is a non-profit organization formed to prevent vehicle crime through community awareness and education. Our members come from law enforcement, insurance companies and other organizations and businesses interested in preventing vehicle crime. AVCAM has no paid staff and operates solely with member volunteers. The AVCAM message is clear and succinct:  Lock Your Car.  Take Your Keys.  Prevent A Theft.

Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot
Auto theft and burglaries from parking lots is a common occurrence.   It’s a virtual shopping center for a car thief.  It’s quick and easy to smash out a car window to steal a stereo, cell phone, purse or even spare change.   

Some parking lots are notorious for auto thefts and auto burglaries. Sometimes the explanation is that they are located adjacent to excellent escape routes such as freeway on-ramps or major high-speed thoroughfares.  

If you’re unsure if your parking lot or ramp is safe, contact the local police department and ask!  They’ll make recommendations on the safest places to park your vehicle.

Tips For Safe Parking

  • Park only in a well-lighted and a highly-visible location.
  • If you cannot see 100 feet at night, park elsewhere.
  • Park in higher traffic areas of the lot.
  • Move your car during the day to improve its' location.
  • Remove all interior valuables from plain view.
  • Lock your doors and roll up all windows.
  • Use a car alarm and alarm decals, if possible.
  • Use valet parking for greater personal security, if available.
  • Be aware and alert to male predators in the parking lot.
  • Plan when to go and where to park. Closest is not always best.
  • Do not get out of the car if you see suspicious males. Follow your instincts!
  • Upon return, scan the area around your car as you approach it.
  • Return to the store or office if anyone looks or acts suspicious.
  • Call the police or notify security of any suspicious activity.