While Christmas for car thieves tends to be a day off from their illegal behaviors, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are quite the contrary.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s study from 2012 suggests that no car is safe when the clock hits midnight. On January 1, 2013, 2,228 cars were stolen, and 2,152 car thefts reportedly happened the day before.
It’s important that car owners be on high alert at this time of year. Here are some tips to keeping your car out of the wrong hands.
- Park in well-lit areas. Car thieves are more likely to break into a car where they can’t be seen.
- Hide your valuables. Stow personal items away in a compartment or in the trunk.
- Keep your car locked. Whether you’re driving, warming up your car or leaving it for one second, don’t leave it unlocked in your absence.
- Install an anti-theft system. A security program is one of the best ways you can prevent your car from being stolen
If there is a chance you may cross paths with a car thief, give them your keys. Don’t try to be Batman! Call the police immediately, and you may end up getting your car back.