The cars that are the most stolen are usually mid 90’s American made cars, that have a bad reputation for poor lock systems and faulty security. So say you’re not driving one of those Top 10 cars with POS security, but you tend to do other things that lure in the burglars? Here are 4 more nudges for things you should 100% avoid when leaving your car:
Leave your car running for a quick pick-me-up when grabbing dry-cleaning, dropping off the mail, or high-fiving a friend who left her charger in your car. 1 of every 3 people say they do this regularly. Be one of the other 2!!!
47% of people intentionally park at the back of the parking lot where there are a lot more spots. These spots, however, have much less lighting and leave your car sitting alone, and afraid, in the dark.
1 in 4 people always leave their purse or wallet in the car, even if they think it’s tucked away. People planning to burgle cars often sit low-rider style lurking on innocent people who remember they don’t need to carry that whole big bag and spend 5 minutes shoving it behind the seat thinking no one is watching!
40% of people also admit to not take any time or effort in hiding their valuables when they park. *Note: try leaving a lot less in your car, and leaving as much cargo space visible to show you have nothing of value inside!
½ of all stolen cars were actually unlocked when they were stolen. LOCK YOUR CARS! Further, 15% of those cars, had keys in the ignition. You might as well have just had a “FREE” sign on the windshield. 42% of cars that are stolen aren’t ever recovered. Is it worth it? No way, Jose! Lock it up!