Think Smart to Prevent Car Theft
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Here’s how you can help avoid being a victim:
Hide tempting items. Think about what would appeal to thieves. If they can see purses, computer bags or even the ignition key from the window, you’re setting yourself up for trouble.
Stand out. If you don’t have a garage, try to park on a well-lit street with lots of traffic.
Lock in before rolling out. When you step inside the car, lock it up right away.
Stop smart. You’re potentially vulnerable when stopped or cruising at reduced speeds. So take extra caution when at a stop sign, traffic light, drive-through window and self-service gas stations. When stopped in traffic, leave enough space to move forward.
Visibility is everything. Don’t head into remote or unfamiliar areas. If you feel like you’re being followed, don’t drive home. Don’t park next to a vehicle such as a van that could be hiding a suspect.
Manage the incident. If you get involved as a victim in a carjacking, keep your safety and your passengers’ safety foremost in mind. It’s critical to stay calm, because criminals could very well panic if you do. Never argue; give up your car.
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