Ensure your car is not a target for theft during the holidays

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Americans are expected to flood into retailers on Black Friday in hopes of taking advantage of sales being offered. What many do not know is that while they are driving from store to store through the holiday shopping season, criminals may be scoping their vehicles for an easy score themselves.

November and December are when the most auto thefts occur in the United States and in response, Help Eliminate Auto Thefts has issued tips for holiday shoppers that will ensure their vehicles are safe, not to mention offer some peace of mind during what is supposed to be a happy time.

"Cold weather doesn't stop us from shopping and it sure doesn't stop thieves from going out and looking for victims," said Terri Miller, director of H.E.A.T. "The holidays are a joyous time of year that could easily be ruined by having your vehicle broken in to, or stolen. It's important to take a few extra minutes to protect yourself, your vehicle and your belongings."

HEAT suggest to stay alert at all times, park in well-lit areas, place valuables out of view or in the trunk, unload most valuable items first and if someone is attempting to take your car, give it up. Auto owners should all consider installing Husky Liners® car floor mats to be sure their carpets are protected from unexpected damage while loading and unloading gifts and food throughout the holidays.

AAA predicts that 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 mile or further from their homes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up 0.7 percent from the amount of travelers last year and significantly up from when travel hit a low in 2008.

"Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million Americans traveled," said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet. "Since that year we have seen a steady increase in the number of travelers taking to the roads and skies for the holiday. Americans continue to find ways to economize their budgets so they can gather around the holiday table to carve the turkey."

The Car Care Council is urging those hitting the road for the holidays to consider having their cars checked out before taking off for the weekend. A quick checkup can not only offer peace of mind while on the road, it has the potential to save money on costly repairs.