Be vigilant: Lock thieves out of your car


Take steps to prevent thefts from your car.


With summer in full swing, take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of theft. During the summer as we are involved in many outdoor activities, it’s easy to become lax at protecting personal items.

We forget to lock our vehicles and secure our personal property. The majority of thefts from automobiles occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

You can prevent many of these crimes of opportunity by following these simple suggestions to deter the criminals:

  • Lock your car
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Close all windows when parking
  • Do not leave valuable items in plain view in the car
  • Use your garage
  • Close and lock your garage door  ̶  thieves will come into an open garage at night to get into your car

Avoid leaving attractive items in your vehicle:

  • Cell phones
  • Laptop computers
  • Music players and tablets
  • Weapons
  • Purses
  • Money
  • Briefcases
  • Wallets
  • Sporting equipment

Help yourself by taking a little precaution!

This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article.

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