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Did you FORGET that OCTOBER 2016 was CRIME Prevention Month let’s talk about your vehicle and safety!

The one thing I have admired about bad guys and yes gals, is that they cant get a job to save their souls but they can think all day long on how to rob you and your vehicle ( property) all day long!  And in half a minute of competency a professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds. A vehicle with an unlocked door or an open window is an easy target.

And since every 9 seconds, a car is stolen in the United States alone, which is close to a million vehicles plus per year.  And in Canada every seven (7) a vehicle is stolen. Each year, automobile theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs and millions more for correctional services.

Still feeling secure, show your staff this one to change their mind set:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YJzpaz0tmw

Most car security is inadequate. Thieves are able to break into and drive away with most makes and models of vehicles in less than a minute. Research shows that particular kinds of thieves favour certain models because they have found ways to easily steal them.

Thieves generally steal vehicles for one of four reasons:

  1. To sell abroad: Stolen vehicles are often immediately packed – with their vehicle identification numbers (VINs) still intact – and shipped abroad, where they are sold for many times their original market value.
  2. To sell to unsuspecting consumers: Stolen vehicles may be given a false VIN and then sold to unsuspecting consumers. They can also be dismantled and sold for parts.
  3. To get somewhere: This may be referred to as “joyriding.” Auto theft of any kind is a crime and innocent people may get hurt or killed as a result.
  4. To commit another crime: Stolen vehicles used to commit other crimes are often recovered – abandoned and badly damaged – within 48 hours of their theft.

Canada top shopping list of I want to steal your vehicle are, but not limited too:

·        2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

·        2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

·        2007 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

·        2006 CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV

·        2003 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

·        2006 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU

·        2001 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU

·        2004 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU

·        2007 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU

·        2001 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU

You can hear the central locking activating in most modern cars. The sound it makes is normally a heavy-sounding clunk or click. So stay close and listen as you press the remote button to lock your car, and make sure you hear the central locking activate. Many modern cars also feature a visual signal, in the form of flashing indicators. If yours is set up like this, make sure those indicators do indeed flash too.

If you don’t get either of these aural or visual signals , it could be a sign that the fob isn’t working properly. That might mean your locking isn’t activating when it should, leaving your car unlocked and unprotected; if you have an alarm fitted, the likelihood is this won’t be activated either.

But the cause could be something more sinister. Security experts believe that some thieves use remote locking jammers to target cars – preventing the signal from your fob from reaching the car, and ensuring it stays unlocked so that they can steal whatever’s inside.

Keep your driver’s license and vehicle registration with you. Left in the car, the documents can be used by a thief to impersonate you when transferring the car’s ownership.

If your keys are stolen, having your personal information or vehicle license number attached only compounds the problem. A criminal now may have access to your home, automobile or office. Do not leave outgoing or incoming mail in your car, especially where visible. This has your name and address on it. Don’t leave your garage door opener on the dashboard or front seat. Put it in your glove box, hide it, or take it with you.

Be aware of where you park – When parking your vehicle at work, visiting, going to appointments etc., park in parking lots that will have more than one of the following:

1.   Security cameras;

2.   Security patrolling the parking lot;

3.   Someone working at an entrance/exit booth;

4.   A gated parking lot that needs a pass to get in and out;

5.   Well lit at night and during the day;

6.   A busy parking lot with lots of people coming and going or an area where there is lots of vehicle or pedestrians passing by.

Cars with keyless entry systems are capable of searching for a wireless key fob that is within a couple feet of the vehicle, but car thieves can use a $17 “power amplifier” to boost the key searching capabilities, sometimes up to around 100 meters, and pull off a high-tech car break-in.

There had been a rash of mysterious car break-ins near his Los Angeles address, including three break-ins to his own car; all cars involved had remote keyless systems that come with a wireless key fob which is used to unlock the doors and start the engine instead of using a physical key.

“some sophisticated thieves have laptops equipped with a radio transmitter” and use brute force attacks to find the correct and unique code of a car’s key fob.

A class action lawsuit against GM, Ford, and Toyota claims the automakers know their vehicles are vulnerable to remote hacking, but failed to alert consumers about the ‘dangerous defects.’

In the USA and Canada most ‘hackable’ vehicles are Jeep, Escalade, Infiniti and Prius; the least hackable are Dodge Viper, Audi A8, Honda Accord.

There is more than one reason why in companies they tell employees to WALK AROUND YOUR VEHICLE before entering! Thieves have been placing pennies in car door handles, typically on the passenger side, where you’re less likely to notice.

The penny jams the car door open because the central locking system can’t function normally. In Canada you would be hard pressed to find a penny but I found a nickel worked the best or quarter, dimes are way to thin!

So even though your car appears to be locked up tight, the thief still has access.

Chances are the thieves aren’t after the car itself, but the goodies inside.

Keeping your valuables out of view — or better yet, not keeping them in your car at all — should always be your first step to preventing theft. Do not leave items in your vehicle – Thieves can be attracted to your car because numerous items are left in plain site. Never leave anything in your vehicle. That means loose change, cell phones, CDs, cameras, clothing, sunglasses, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, and any other items.  Hide your belongings

Sounds like an obvious one, doesn’t it? But you’d be amazed how many people don’t bother. Satnav systems are the most obvious trinkets that get left on display, but mobile phones, wallets and cash are also theft magnets.

You should take these items with you if you can, but if you can’t, make sure they’re stashed well out of sight of prying eyes. Use your car’s glovebox or trunk, or if it’s fitted with one, the lidded storage compartment in the central console.

Before you get in your car on the way to work you’re going to need to check your door very carefully.  Also, most cars with central locking systems have car door sensors that signal when all four or five doors are opened or closed. So, if a penny or coin were thick enough to unlatch the door handle, you’d receive a “door ajar” dashboard alert. Modern cars have separate door latch sensors for each door, so you’d immediately know if the sensor’s circuit weren’t completed. The way the sensors work can vary. One type of sensor can be an electrical proximity one for the “your door is ajar” signal. On the vehicle itself would be a wafer-thin magnetic strip; the door would have an opposing strip that has a wire running inside the door and into the junction box. The junction box would then have another wire running into the car’s computer that has yet another wire attached to a small speaker in your dash board. As long as the door was closed, the magnetic strip on the door could read the opposite one on the car, keeping the electrical circuit closed. But if the car door was open and the door magnet was too far away from the car magnet, the circuit would be open. The computer would then read that the door circuit is now open. It would send a signal to the speaker to make the announcement that your car door is ajar.

There’s a new trend among thieves that can easily be missed.

Thieves are becoming more brazen and are now using a very sneaky and easy-to-miss method of breaking into your car.

Check your door as they may shove a quarter or penny into the gap like this.

If you miss it in the morning and drive away nothing really happens. The kicker is when you come home at night.

When you get home and press the “lock” button on your remote the system will fail to lock. Then, when you go inside the waiting thief walks right up to your door and opens it.

To be safe, before getting in your car CHECK THE DOORS!

Please pass on this message to your friends and family so they know what to look for. Stay safe out there.

While some advice might seem obvious, such as not leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition,

Your Car Model Might Already Make It a Target

Honda, Toyota, Acura, and General Motors vehicles are some of favorite cars to steal.

It Matters Where You Park Your Car

Car thieves avoid cars parked in front of houses and in driveways because they’re too wide open and visible.Dark secluded locations, such as apartment buildings and complexes, carports, underground parking, and parking garages, can be appealing to car thieves because they can have their pick of vehicles in one location.

Car Thieves Dislike 5 Things: Daytime, Kill Switches, Alarms, Nosy Neighbors and Security Cameras

Being quick and inconspicuous is necessary when stealing a car. That’s why car thieves avoid things that may call attention to themselves.

Having a kill switch in your car can also deter thieves. Kill switches disrupt the flow of electricity at the battery or ignition or disable the fuel pump. If well hidden, kill switches may take a while to deactivate and can deter car thieves who don’t want to waste time and will move on to another car.

Good alarms with motion sensors, nosy neighbors, and security cameras also deter car thieves, who will simply go to other areas where they can avoid those certain things.

You Should Reconsider Leaving Your Car Running

While it might seem like a great idea to warm your car up in the morning, you might as well put a bow on your car. Car thieves will simply hop in the car, put it in drive, and go.

Police also warn that leaving your keys in your car at a gas station, even while you are pumping gas, is an invitation to have your car stolen.

Don’t Keep Spare Keys in Your Car

Think you’ve got a great hiding spot for your spare keys? Car thieves know where to look.

“Glove compartment, center console, door, change tray, you name it, it’s there. I found it in all those places,”.

There Might Be a Key Inside Your Car You Don’t Know About

“Well, there are some vehicles that have valet keys… and a lot of people don’t know that they have a valet key inside their vehicle,”. Valet keys usually can unlock the driver’s side door and start the car, but can’t unlock the trunk or the glove box. This key is normally used when someone else operates your vehicle, such as a valet parking attendant.

Use a Steering Wheel Locking Device (e.g. The Club) – A well-secured car will deter thieves. There are other devices available to consumers to stop thieves from easily stealing your vehicle. See your local automotive stores for details.

The Biggest Mistake You Could Make Is…

Leaving the window open even one inch can be just what it takes for a car thief to easily steal your car.

Most people believe that they can leave a little air in the car with the windows opened just a crack, but that no one can get in to the vehicle.

“A window that has enough room for me to stick my fingers in, I can get out of its track by rocking it back and forth until I get it out of the track,”.

“Then, they can pry the window out of the track enough to where I can get my arm down in there and unlock the vehicle.”

Safety for the Ladies and Families in the Vehicle

Simple Steps to Minimize dangerous situations: Maybe you stayed out late for dinner with a friend, or perhaps you had to finish that last bit of paperwork at your office and now you’re rushing to get home. It’s dark and quiet and all you really want to do is get inside your house – but wait, what’s that guy doing hanging around your car? Or the parking lot is empty and your car is parked right at the very edge of the lot away from the streetlights. Personal safety is a concern for everyone these days with the increasing number of physical assaults and carjackings. But a few safety tips can help you avoid these situations and get you home safe and sound! The first and most obvious tip is to be aware of your surroundings. It may sound simplistic, but many women are caught unaware while standing at their car fumbling for a set of keys inside their purse or ignoring that group of men who have been loitering around the front door of your building much longer than they should. If at all possible park your car as close to the front door as you can and under a street light or some other form of illumination. Look around you at all times while making your way to headphones while navigating to the safety of your automobile. Be aware of where you are and who’s around you at all times. Even if you’ve walked up this street to your car a hundred times, keep a sharp eye out for anyone suspicious or anything out of place. Your life may depend on how you react to a situation and being aware of it beforehand can help you either avoid it or resolve it in your favor. Too often a thief will take advantage of your single-mindedness, keeping to the shadows while you trudge on with little concern as to what’s happening around you. Keep your keys in your hand while approaching your front door of either your house or your car; the edges of the keys sticking out between your fingers. This way you can get into your car without spending unnecessary time searching for the right key in your purse and if need be turn them into a weapon. If you are attacked, jab the edges of the keys into your assailant wherever you can hit and then run as fast as you can, yelling and screaming as loudly as you can. Mace and/or pepper spray can be a help and a hinderance here, as your attacker can just as easily turn the weapon back on you and force you into your own car as you choke on the spray. Car keys, while usually nonlethal, can provide the surprise that you need to escape the situation. And if you do want to carry mace or pepper spray, be sure to check the law for your area. If you are attacked and don’t have any way of fighting back, kick and bite and pinch any piece of your attacker that you can reach. It may not seem pretty, but often the “dirty” tactics we were disciplined for in our youth may often provide that opening for escape.

SEE A CRIMINAL ACT OR KNOW SOMETHING RELATING TO A CRIME CALL IT IN, THAT IS WHY THEY CALL IT CRIME PREVENTION!

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