Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Thieves Shop Mall Parking Lots

Vehicle burglaries are reported to local police throughout the year. However, during the holiday season, mall parking lots and parking structures are packed with vehicles that are sometimes stuffed with presents and packages. Just like presents under your family Christmas tree being an invite for a child's curiosity, your car filled with packages is an invitation for theft and auto burglary. Here are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim this holiday season;
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • Lock your vehicle and set your alarm.
  • If you must leave packages in your car, keep them out of sight. Some stores and malls offer to maintain your packages while you shop. Pick them up when you are all done.
  • Do NOT make multiple trips to your vehicle. Thieves watch and wait in parking lots targeting persons leaving items in their cars.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Look about and see who is around when you park.

These are just a few suggestions. Take a look at a previous post on preventing auto burglary HERE for additional information.

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