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Cold Weather Reminder

Cold Weather Reminder
Posted on 11/02/2023

A cold weather reminder – you aren’t the only one who appreciates a warm vehicle to get into. Leaving your vehicle unattended to warm up creates a tempting target for thieves.

Thieves look for crimes of opportunity, and it only takes a few seconds to jump into your vehicle and steal your belongings or even your vehicle itself.

  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for “just a minute.”
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle. If this isn’t an option, keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Purses, credit cards and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
  • Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even in your driveway, garage or in front of your home.
  • Never leave the vehicle title in your car. If stolen, it makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle. It can also make you a target for identity theft.
  • Be alert when approaching your car, have a plan of action and have your keys in your hand. Check around, under, and in your vehicle for suspicious individuals. Immediately leave the scene to get help if you have any concerns for your safety.
  • Only park your car in busy, well-lit areas.

Following these steps will help keep you from being left out in the cold.

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