With the summer in full swing, you might find yourself putting expensive and important valuables and belongings in your car for a day trip to the beach, or for a long road trip. But, it is important to know how to keep your belongings safe—especially in a car parked on the street, in a parking lot or a garage.
The NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Crime Prevention Section is sending weekly tips to help prevent you from being a victim of a crime.
Here’s this week’s tip from the NYPD:
A recent insurance industry survey revealed that more than 40 percent of people admit to not hiding their valuables in their vehicles.
All it takes is a few seconds for a thief to take anything you left in your car and leave you with a lot of broken glass. Everything from GPS devices to cell phones, gym bags or sunglasses. Even loose change can be tempting to a thief. Any bags left visible — even if empty — make for an enticing target.
So, when you leave your car, leave it empty and locked. For more information on preventing theft,or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit, the NYPD Community Affairs website.