It is shopping time. Our mission at ForSecuritySake is to help people go about their daily lives in a safer way, by providing helpful information and products. Today we would like tell you about how portable inexpensive Steering Wheel Alarms help protect your entire car.
Last year the FBI reported that there was a Burglary every 18.2 seconds and there was an auto theft every 45.7 seconds. Those statistics are for the year 2014 and as we get closer to Christmas, or other national gift giving time, your chances of becoming a victim rises. We can blame politics, the economy, or high unemployment, but the fact is that theft of gifts from vehicles is high again this year.
In 2011, the crime of Auto Burglary has increased so much that our police department has erected signs at the entrance of shopping mall parking lots. Those signs warn shoppers to lock their vehicles and not to leave packages in the visible areas.
In most cases a thief looks for an easy to enter vehicle that has the most to offer for the risk. Lets look at two SUVs parked side by side in a packed mall parking lot.
One SUV is packed with visible gifts, has the windows cracked open, and has no active alarm system.
The other SUV has closed tented rear windows, locked doors, and a visible portable steering wheel alarm.
The thief is going to look even harder at the first vehicle as a target. As with the second vehicle, the way to reduce your risk is to make your vehicle look like a harder target than other cars near you.
The fact is that many thieves think differently then an honest person. During my Law Enforcement career, I have interviewed many suspects and I would like to tell you about one of them.
A woman had been shopping and while unloading her car at home, she left her purse and some packages on top of her car. She walked into her house and was back out to her car within a minute. When she came back out, she noticed her purse and packages were gone and saw a car pulling away from the home next door.
I was able to locate and arrest the suspect, an ex-con, within a couple of blocks. During the interview he was eager to tell me his side as he had done nothing wrong. He said that when someone leaves their property on top of their car, he has the right to take it because the owner is inviting him to. He said they are willingly giving the property away. Nothing I said to this man could change his mind.
In 40 years of my Law Enforcement experience, the right to take it, or the common ” I don’t know why I did it”, were the two most common excuses a suspect gave for a theft.
A Steering Wheel Alarm will help protect your property and your car from thieves like the one I interviewed above. If you protect your property to the point that the alarm is what is seen first, there is a great chance that the thief will move to another target.
Here are a few other shopping tips.
It is better to shop at an area that is well lit at night, has parking lot security, and doesn’t have a on ramp to a major freeway near the parking lot entrance.
Pay attention to what is going on as you pull into a parking lot and continue to look around until you get into the store. When you come out with packages, look again to see who is still there and if there is a help out service have them walk you to your car.
Shopping days often brings the need to take purchases to your vehicle and go on to the next store. If your car has a trunk, place your packages there. If not place the packages in an area that is hard to see. Cover them up with something like an old blanket. Activate that alarm!
Carry a self defense product like a Taser, Stun Gun, Pepper Spray, or personal alarm. Have it ready to use as you walk to your transportation.
If you have an alarm system you need to activate it when you are away from your vehicle. Our Portable inexpensive Steering wheel alarms help protect your entire car and have warning lights that blink. This will make the thief think twice before choosing your car to break into. These alarms are easy to use, can be attached in less than a minute, and have remote control activation and disarm functions.
Our main goal today is for you to be safe out there during all of your shopping days!
Have a safe and happy shopping experience.