How to keep a car safe from holiday break-ins

Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday shopping is in full swing and The Hanover Insurance Group wants shoppers to be safe, offering tips on how to avoid car break ins, as many Americans will find themselves alone in parking garages or lots, while they have valuable gifts.

"We want to believe the holidays are filled with kindness, peace and joy, but there are people out there haunting parking lots in hopes of taking advantage of the season," said Mark Desrochers, president, personal lines at The Hanover. "Because a car break-in can be traumatic and leave you feeling vulnerable, and also bring with it car repair and replacement costs, we thought it was important to remind shoppers to be prepared before you hit the stores. We want to help to ensure you can enjoy the spirit of the holiday, without it being tainted by theft."

The Hanover Insurance Group suggested car owners park in spaces away from bushes, trees, walls, large vehicles or any other obstructions, as these can provide cover for a thief trying to break in. Holiday shoppers are encouraged to keep their purchases out of sight after they leave their car, such as storing them in a locked trunk. A car that looks empty and clean is not a target a thief wants to meddle with. Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats will give a car's interior a clean look that could make the difference when a thief is surveying a parking lot.

According to Help Eliminate Auto Thefts, November and December are when the most auto thefts occur across the country. H.E.A.T is also urging holiday shoppers to be extra careful during this 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."

H.E.A.T. suggests staying alert at all times, parking in well lit areas, unloading the most valuable items from a car first and if someone is attempting to take your car, an owner should give it up.

Car owners should be sure to use their car alarms if they have them, and those who don't, should considering purchasing one.