With the summer in full swing, you might find yourself putting expensive and important valuables and belongings in your car for a day trip to the beach, or for a long road trip. But, it is important to know how to keep your belongings safe—especially in a car parked on the street, in a parking lot or a garage.
The NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Crime Prevention Section is sending weekly tips to help prevent you from being a victim of a crime.
This week, the short tip concerns keeping valuables safe in cars. In case you missed it in this in Park Slope, a crook smashed the window of a car parked on Sixth Avenue and stole an airbag and laptop on June 18.
Here’s this week’s tip from the NYPD:
SMASH and it's gone…
A recent insurance industry survey revealed that over 40% of people admit to not hiding their valuables in their vehicles.
All it takes is a few seconds for a thief to take anything you left in your car and leave you with a lot of broken glass. Everything from GPS devices to cell phones; from gym bags to sunglasses... even loose change can be tempting to a thief. Any bags left visible — even if empty — pose an enticing target for thieves.
So when you leave your car, leave it empty and leave it locked! For more information on preventing theft, or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit The NYPD Community Affairs website: www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org.