Has this happened to you? You get home from work and park your car on the street or in your driveway. At bedtime you see your car is still parked outside. But when you get up in the morning your car is gone!
Each year, on average, 3,500 cars are stolen just in the Minneapolis area. Did you know that most auto thefts occur between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.? Auto thefts can also occur in low-lighted parking lots and sometimes during the day. Thieves target certain cars for parts and others because they are simply easier to steal. Cars get stolen for use in other crimes and often just for transportation. Now with high gas prices adds one more incentive for car thefts.
The most commonly stolen cars are 1995 Honda Civic;1990 Toyota Camry;1994 Honda Accord;1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass;1994 Chevrolet Blazer.
Here are some tips to make sure that your car isnâ€™t stolen:
â€¢ Park in the best-lighted area possible.
â€¢ Keep your keys in your pocket or purse, not in your school locker.
â€¢ Lock it and pocket the key whether you leave for a minute or several hours.
â€¢ Make sure the windows are closed and the trunk is locked.