Police in Madison, WI have been giving out report cards to drivers. The police are on the lookout for people who leave items in their cars. Any type of item may potentially be an invitation for thieves to break into a car and steal the item.
The item may be spare changes left in vehicles, GPS devices, iPads, or purses. The report card rates drivers on their vulnerability to theft. Of course, cars with unlocked doors or unattended valuables fail.
Even though auto theft has decreased, vehicle break-ins are on the increase. According to Crime in the United States, a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice this past September, shows car thefts were down 13.5% in 2008 from 2007, while thefts of items from vehicles increased 6.2% during the same period.
The best advice police are giving is “Hide it, lock it or lose it.” Break-ins are also costly to repair. Use common sense and don’t leave valuable items in your car. Be safe and hide or take all of your personal items out of your car.