Spirit West Motor Carriage Auto Body Repair would like to assist you in reducing your risk of auto burglaries during the holiday season. Automobile burglaries tend to spike during both the summer and holiday months. With the holidays well under way, we have a few tips to keep you and your automobile safe this season. Often times we are out shopping for holiday gifts or traveling to visit with friends or family and leave our belongings behind…in our vehicle.
Be sure to lock your car doors:
During the chaos that comes with holiday shopping and rushed schedules, we may forget to lock our vehicles. Believe it or not, more than half of stolen vehicles had the doors unlocked and often times with the keys inside.
Keep important documents locked in your glove box, or on your person. Burglars may look for these documents to assist them in stealing your identity or worse yet, gaining access to your home, where they can burglarize additional property.
Out of sight, out of mind:
Detour would be thieves by placing any belongings out of sight. Auto burglars will often scout out malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotels and other business parking lots this time of year, looking for the opportunity to strike. Be sure to always park in well-lit lots and hide all belongings from plain sight. Stash your items before you park. The burglars are typically looking at their next victim as they enter a lot. If they see you moving around to hide belongings, it can be very tempting.
If you don’t have an alarm system, get one. The noise alone may be enough to scare away an inexperienced thief and prevent the break-in. Factory-option alarm systems are generally best, but a carefully installed, properly calibrated aftermarket system can provide just as much safety. Beware, many less-expensive new cars have remote entry but not a true alarm.
In the least, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see any suspicious activity, call the local authorities. Together we can all make a difference.
If you fall victim to thieves this holiday season, give us a call to see how we can get your car back into shape and back on the road…SAFELY!