Orlando, Fla. — Did you know more thefts occur during Black Friday than any other day?
During this 2017 holiday an estimated 69 percent of Americans — about 164 million people — plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.
The numbers include Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.
That said, we can expect that thieves will be much more focused on the opportunity than any other day. Obviously, with the kind of deals you find on high tickets like computers, video consoles, tablets, TV’s and others we know most people rather wait to buy those at very attractive price.
Items left inside vehicles are the main focal point for thieves, and they are after some specific products.
Electronic items are often the product category that is most splurged upon by Black Friday shoppers. This behavior does not significantly differ on Black Friday when put side-by-side with other days.
According to Forbes magazine, toys are three times more likely to be taken on Black Friday in comparison to the average Friday.
We are going to give you a few hints on how to avoid theft during those days. The most important one being —
Hide your belongings
Sounds like an obvious one, doesn’t it? But you’d be amazed how many people don’t bother. Satnav systems are the most obvious trinkets that get left on display, but mobile phones, wallets and cash are also theft magnets.
Don’t just think in terms of valuables, either. Bags, coats, and even jumpers are all attractive to a thief, even if they aren’t worth much, because of the possibility that they might conceal something that is, so don’t leave them in view on the seats.
Also be aware of leaving important paperwork on view, so that it isn’t targeted for the purposes of identity theft.
Park in the right place
Car crime could also be a problem in the nicest parts of town.
Wherever you park your car, do your best to find somewhere that’s well lit. If you have the option to park under a street lamp, do so, even during the day - if your car’s left there longer than you’re expecting, it’ll be lit when darkness falls.
Check it’s locked, and check again
You can hear the central locking activating in most modern cars. The sound it makes is normally a heavy-sounding clunk or click. So stay close and listen as you press the remote button to lock your car, and make sure you hear the central locking activate. Many modern cars also feature a visual signal, in the form of flashing indicators. If yours is set up like this, make sure those indicators do indeed flash too.
Add to your security equipment
If you drive a modern car, the chances are it comes with an alarm and an immobilizer. Steering wheel locks, which fit over your steering wheel and hold them in place so that a thief can’t steer properly, aren’t infallible, but they do provide a deterrent for opportunistic thieves. Locks that do the same job for your gearstick or your pedals are also available.
Are you using the Valet Parking Service?
Most modern cars also bring an alternate ‘valet key’ which is intended to only operate the car while unable to unlock glove compartments to keep your personal items secure. If your car doesn’t have that option, make sure to leave only the car key taking with you the ones for your home and any other property and/or belongings.
You can always count on our insurance experts to guide you through best ways to secure your property and save on insurance premiums. Just give ‘em a call!
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