By: Advocate Brokerage
Theft of luxury automobiles continues to rise. Unfortunately, affluent neighborhoods are often the primary target. The latest trend is for thieves to drive away with the entire car (rather than stealing parts or breaking in to steal valuables).
Criminals work in groups and canvas both nice neighborhoods and areas where people commonly pull up and jump out of the car for a minute just to pick up something such as a gas station, a dry cleaner, the post office, a coffee shop, or a pizza place. They wait a few feet away and as you jump out; they jump in and drive away.
We are all guilty of stopping by the house to pick up something or running inside a store quickly without wanting to take the time to lock everything up. After all, you’re only going to be a minute. Either scenario gives the car thieves ample time to pull off their intended crime.
The best rule of thumb? Don’t leave your keys in your car, no matter where it is parked and no matter how long you will be away from the vehicle!
Fun Fact From Your Insurance Advocate:
In luxury cars, side mirrors turn in when there are no keys in the car. An expensive car that is parked with its mirrors out indicates to a would-be car thief that the keys might be inside, making it easier to simply drive away. While this is a setting that can be disabled, it is something that owners of nice cars should be aware of!
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