Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for travelers as many of us hit the road to share the holiday with friends and family. And due to the economy, more of us will be traveling by automobile.
Many holiday travel tips will help you on your journey, but I want to focus on how to keep your vehicle safe as you join those on the highways to travel often unfamiliar routes and to new places that hold potential risks for your vehicle.
While many of us have read the reports indicating an overall drop in crime across the country, we continue to read and hear about increases in personal property crime, especially theft of or from automobiles.
As you travel this holiday season, protect your vehicle with these tips:
Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition.
- Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of your home.
- Park in busy and well-lighted areas.
- Do not leave valuables—GPS, iPads, cell phone—in plain view.
- Equip your vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft device.
- Report auto theft immediately. Provide local authorities with the make/model/license plate and Vehicle ID number.
- “Hide It, Lock It, Or Lose It” helps remind residents to secure their belongings and help reduce property crime. http://www.hideitlockitorloseit.com/the-numbers/