As spring and summer arrive, so do thefts from motor vehicles. The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC would like to remind you to keep your vehicles locked.
Here is a list of tips for preventing thefts from motor vehicles, suggested by the American Crime Prevention Institute:
·Park in well-lighted areas.
·Always lock valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Always carry wallets, checkbooks, and purses with you.
·Avoid transferring these items to the trunk of the vehicle where it is to be parked. A thief may be watching. Checkbooks, credit cards or other credentials that a thief could misuse should not be left in a motor vehicle.
·If possible, avoid parking next to vans, pick-up trucks and other large vehicles. They can hide your vehicle and make it more difficult for others to observe.
·Do not invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables in an area where a thief can see from any angle by looking into your vehicle.
·Always lock your car after entering or leaving it. Check the back seat before entering it.
·Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, affecting about 500,000 new victims each year. Criminals may open a new account using your name, date of birth and Social Security number. Do not leave this information in your car.