It’s the holiday season and lots of people are hitting the stores–whether it’s to prepare for parties or purchase presents. Lots more driving (for some), fighting for parking spaces, and leaving presents in the car between stores.
The latter is a bad idea.
I was just browsing the news on CNN.com when I ran across this piece. It’s just a general reminder of how thoughtless people can be when they’re busy and how dangerous it is to leave stuff in cars.
You think it won’t happen to you, but I spent a third of a year in property management and I saw it a lot. Cars feel safe, somehow. Maybe you have tinted windows and you don’t expect someone to see inside. But tinted windows don’t hide things from “real” thieves who are casing your car. They’ll just look in the front.
Or maybe you put your GPS in the glove compartment, but the stand is still on the dashboard. They’ll be willing to break in and give it a shot.
Or you leave your stuff under a blanket. They know that one too. They figure it must be valuable, so they’ll go for it.
You leave your stuff in the trunk. Believe it or not, they may go for this too. It’s safer, but if you put stuff in there after reaching your destination, they may already be casing and see you. Or they might look at your car and figure there could be something worthwhile in the trunk.
And leaving shopping bags (especially from good stores) in the back seat is just asking for trouble. The Apple store? They’re going to be hoping for an iPod. Even less trendy stores might have sold you something useful.
How can you get around this? Well, trunks are better than nothing. And it’s best to put stuff in a trunk before you go to a new location…so that the thief didn’t get to see it. This may mean it’s not really safe to get all your Christmas shopping done at once.
Or shop online.
But whatever you do, please don’t be like the one guy at my building. True story: he left his convertible top down and was outraged when his GPS was stolen. Yeah. Future candidate for the Darwin Awards? Maybe.