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When shopping, or driving your car on vacation take care not to extend an invitation to those looking for an easy target.
Put packages and luggage in the trunk of the car, rather than in the front or back seat, so they are not easily visible to potential thieves.
Also, remember to take the keys out of the car, and lock it. Most vehicle burglaries occur to unlocked vehicles, and many cars reported stolen are those with the keys left in the ignition.
If shopping at night, park as closely as possible to the store, and park in a well lighted area. This makes it safer when returning to the car and more difficult for someone looking for an easy automobile to break in to.
How to avoid mechanical trouble
A car is a complicated mechanical instrument that sometimes breaks down when you least expect it. In order to minimize the number of times you must deal with a broken-down car, there are several things to remember:
What to do in case of a breakdown
There are several precautions you should take if you have car trouble while on the road. Some recommendations are:
Purchasing A Vehicle Safely
Buy a used vehicle only if you see a clear, authentic title. Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located at the base of the windshield on the driver's side. Does it look tampered with? Does it match the VIN number on the title and registration? Check with a dealer to see if it matches that style vehicle and a dealer will also tell you where other VIN numbers are located on the body. Never leave your title, registration, or driver's license in the vehicle. The title should be kept in a safe placeit is as good as gold to a professional thief, and your registration should be kept with your driver's license on your person.
Don't Drink and Drive
Don't drink and drive. Being drunk behind the wheel of a car is against the law, and is extremely dangerous. Over half of the deaths and serious injuries on our nations highways are due to someone drinking alcohol, then driving a car.
It is unlawful in Florida for the driver or a passenger to have an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
When going out for the evening, or visiting with friends and relations, think before taking a drink. Make sure there is a designated driver available to drive home before partaking of alcohol. If a person drinks too much at a party, don't let them drive. Find a place where they can sleep it off, drive them home yourself, call a cab or take away the car keys. It may save their lives and the lives of other people.
Everyone is vulnerable to car-jacking. Car-jacking is the taking from you, by force, of your vehicle while you are in control of it. It can occur when entering, driving, or exiting your vehicle. The car-jacker usually targets unlocked vehicles with unsuspecting drivers. Here are some tips to help you prevent a car-jacking from happening to you. But remember, if you are confronted by a car-jacker and escape is not possible, give up the car. Don't risk your life.
Preventing Automobile Theft
Auto-Theft and Car-jacking crimes are on the increase each year in Florida. With the rise in Car-jacking, auto-theft is no longer just a property crime; serious injury and even death can result in a confrontation with an auto thief. But auto-theft is a crime of opportunity and can be successfully prevented in the majority of cases. This can be done by following the prevention tips presented here, and reducing the opportunity for an auto thief to victimize you!
Always lock your car and pocket the keys. The thief knows all your favorite hiding places and many more. Never put personal or vehicle identification on your key tag, and if parked by a valet, remove the car keys from the house/business keys.
The majority of vehicles stolen are from parking lots. Park in well-lighted lots and away from dense shrubbery. Parking near building entrances and in clear view of passing pedestrians is a good deterrent. If you need to leave the vehicle for a long period of time, a secured or patrolled lot is your best defense. Park with wheels sharply turned left or right at curbs, making it hard for the thief to tow it away. Never leave valuables, cameras, or purses in plain view inside vehicle, they are a target for burglars and thieves alike.
Entering The Vehicle
When approaching or entering your vehicle be aware of the surroundings. Look for suspicious people in the lot, someone hiding under the car, or occupied vehicles parked next to you. Have your keys ready and do a walk around the car looking in the windows to make sure you are alone. If the car is unlocked, open, or has been burglarized, do not enter - go for assistance immediately. Once safely inside your car, immediately lock the doors and exit the parking space as soon as possible. If approached by a stranger while parked, do not open the door or window and sound the horn and drive away if you feel threatened.
Safety while driving
Exiting Your Vehicle
Any time you prepare to get out of your car, you should first observe your surroundings before exiting. A person who is aware makes a difficult target.
Alarms, collars, ignition kill-switches, steering wheel locks, to name a few, are designed to make the theft of your vehicle more difficult. They range from simple/inexpensive to elaborate/expensive, but all work the same way by creating a delay time between when the attempt occurs and when (or if) the thief leaves with your vehicle. They all add a little extra security to a good prevention program, but should not be relied upon alone to safeguard your vehicle.