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July, August the worst months for car thefts
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July, August the worst months for car thefts

July, August the worst months for car thefts
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July, August the worst months for car thefts

July and August are the two most common months for motor vehicle theft that's according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Habitat for Humanity knows all too well what it feels like to be a victim. Executive director Paul Kent tells KRMG that the organization's truck was locked and parked behind a locked fence. Kent says, "It's very discouraging, very depressing. It makes you angry."

Kent says he's a Christian and has forgiven the thief. Kent says, "We'd sure appreciate it if you (the thief) would sure appreciate it if you'd return the truck and, hopefully, you've put gas in it."

Signal 88 Security, Inc., a private security company with offices in more than 30 states has some ways you can take actio to protect your vehicles.

1. Identify Possible Threats - “There are a variety of items that are attractive to thieves: electronics, gas, metal and even the car itself,” says Toni Kosir, Tulsa's Signal 88 Security owner. “Take a look at your car and note if any of the above are easily accessible.” If you drive a high-profile vehicle, you’re especially at risk of catalytic convertor theft. In many cases, the platinum inside the part can be sold for scrap. Company fleet vehicles and other cars that are parked for extended time periods are also prime targets.

2. Secure Your Vehicle - Always roll up your windows and lock your doors, and activate your security alarm if you have one. If you drive an older model car, consider adding a locking gas cap to prevent siphoning. Watch for gas dripping from the bottom of your vehicle; if a hole has been drilled in the tank, there is a risk of fire should you start the car. Whether at home or away on vacation, park in a well-lit area, and consider installing motion-sensitive lights around your residence.

3. Keep a Watchful Eye -  If you will be out of town and your car will be sitting out, ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you live in an apartment complex, notify the management. Contact law enforcement if you see suspicious activity around your residence. “I remind our officers that any pedestrian traffic after dark should be treated with in-depth observation. People walking in groups or less populated parts of a property can be a cause for concern,” says Kosir.


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