Sunday, January 3, 2010

Prevent Car Theft While You Exercise, Hike Or Go To a Game: Stop Thieves From Taking What's Not Theirs

If you go to a gym, field or park and you think your valuables are tucked safely in your glove compartment, think again.

Thieves who target these areas have figured out ways to break into your car, take one or two credit cards (you're less likely to notice the theft than if they took the whole kaboodle) and then relock it.

  • Don't keep valuables in your car
  • Don't think that a jacket or towel will hide them
And when you get a new card, write "Ask for ID" in the signature space on the back of the card.

Lately I received an email about someone whose car was broken into while they were at a football game. A garage door remote control and a GPS prominently mounted on the dashboard was stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house and they ransacked the house while the occupants were at the football game.

Make sure your GPS doesn't have your home address on it. Put a nearby address of a store or gas station. You might also want to make sure the door from your garage to your house requires a key to unlock.

Check for more on protection.


Anita said...

Great advice!
The "ask for Id on the credit card" is new to me.
I'll have to pass the info on to others.
Happy New Year!

karen said...

great advice . Thanks!

Ron said...

Wow I never would have thought that putting a home address in the gps would cause such a problem! But, as you mentioned, it can cause a great deal of trouble.
I agree with Anita that Ask for ID on the back of the cc is something I am not aware of, but it is a great idea. Thanks for the informative blog post.

Diane J Standiford said...

Well, I'll say it anyway---great advice. People forget.

Ms. 50something said...

Thanks for the feedback. Ron, Carman says that the thief can find your address on the insurance information! I've used the "ask for ID" for a few years but nobody actually looks at it (bummer).