Hide your things, lock your cars and take your keys. These three important reminders seemed to be all but lost to a bulk of California residents as it apparently has the highest rate of auto theft in 2010. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a Chicago-based industry trade group, there were eight cities that were primarily located in California that was found on their list.
If you’re living in California, and especially in places that topped the list such as Fresno (they had 8.1 vehicle thefts per 1,000 residents in 2010), you must be wondering if there are ways to help keep your car safe from any future car theft attempts. Don’t fret, from following a few simple tips and tricks, you can be rest assured of your car’s safety, and maybe you can even help promote crime awareness in your local city.
Lock your cars
The California Attorney General’s Office points out that most cars are stolen by amateurs, and by taking the necessary precaution you can increase your car’s protection. The first thing that you should remember is to keep your cars locked. Always make sure that every inch of your car is locked whenever you leave it unattended. Make sure that your car’s windows and trunks are locked as well.
Hide your things
It is important that before you leave, look around your car seats and check if there are any valuables that might incite a thief’s interest. Remove your cell phones, laptops and bags before you leave.
Take your keys
Never leave your car keys lying around, and especially in its ignition. Don’t write your name and your address in your car keychain, as it might lead to more tricky scenarios that might endanger your home as well.
Help spread awareness in your city
With this knowledge in hand, you can help keep your city safe by placing the copyright and trademark protected signs and designs on your property, or in your area. You can also make custom sign donations to your local police department and they will disperse them to businesses and in parks and recreation areas. Hide Lock Take started as a proactive crime awareness program in Dallas. It has since become the most successful tool that travels around the country fighting crimes and making a difference. If you want to keep your city safe and educate the citizens let hidelocktake.com be your resource.