Friday, December 7, 2012

They Could Be Watching You

Anytime you leave valuables in plain sight inside of your car, you’re increasing the chances that someone is going to break into your vehicle.

With the holiday shopping season already upon us, the opportunity for would-be thieves has increased dramatically. If you’re one of the many people who drop off valuables or recently purchased gifts inside your vehicle, then continue shopping at other stores, then there are a few things you can do to keep yourself from becoming an easy target.

Be alert when walking to and from your car, lock your vehicle and be sure to conceal your purchases by stowing them in the trunk or cover them with a blanket. It’s also a good idea to park in well-lit areas of the parking lot.

Even when trying to do some of the things mentioned above, you can still become a victim, as the example below shows.

On December 6th around 11:00 in the morning, the victim arrived at the mall to do some shopping. She had already been out shopping and had several packages that she had strategically placed in the rear of her vehicle. The packages were set directly behind the driver`s seat and the back seats were pulled down so the packages would be away from direct view.

When the victim later returned, she went directly to the trunk of her vehicle and noticed the rear seats had been pushed to the up-right position. She quickly realized her packages were missing. The victim was confident she had locked the door and was unsure how the suspect got inside. It was obvious she was being watched by the suspect when she arrived and was placing the items in the backseat.