During the holiday season, we are all alot busier with getting our shopping completed and event planning done. Holiday shoppers are often distracted, more focused on their lists and juggling packages than paying attention to their surroundings. They also may be talking to shopping companions, or on the phone, texting or searching the internet.
Carjackers use different methods to distract you to gain access to your vehicle such as criminals will place a $100 bill, usually on an individual’s windshield under the wiper blade, and while the victim is distracted and gets out to retrieve the cash, the criminals use the element of surprise to approach the vehicle and rob the victim of their belongings and car.
If you discover money, immediately get into your car, lock your doors and drive to a safe location before removing it. You should also notify law enforcement or security personnel in the area.
Smart shoppers approach their cars with their keys in hand, are aware of who is around them, park in well-lit areas, and shop with a friend or other family member. They should also not be distracted by texting or talking on their cellphones so they’re not aware of who may be around them.
Packages left in cars also attract the attention of would-be thieves, so put them in the trunk or place them out of sight in the vehicle. Purses or other valuables should never be left in vehicles.
If you do have a vehicle breakin, we are here to help you. Please contact us.
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