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Beware of Thieves!

Wednesday February 01, 2017 - Jennifer Prell
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LONG-TERM PARKING

If you're going to leave your car for a long period of time DO NOT leave your registration card, insurance card or your remote for your garage door in it. Thieves will break into your car, drive to the address on the cards and use your remote to open the garage. If you have a car with a remote control for your garage built in it and a navigation system you will want to program the navigation to go to a different address than your own. If they steal your car they'll look at the navigation system and go to your HOME. If the HOME address is wrong they can't get in.

CELL PHONES:

When entering names into your mobile phone don’t disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc. If a thief steals your purse which contains your mobile phone they can text your family asking for the “PIN” to your ATM. Your family, none the wiser, will think it’s you and give them the PIN. The thief can then go to the local ATM and steal all your money. Whenever your family asks for something important always call them back and speak with them to find out what’s going on and confirm the request.

STOLEN WALLET

If your wallet is stolen and someone calls saying they found it and you need to go back to the store where you came from – think twice. The caller may be the actual thief trying to lure you away from your home. They know you’ll leave to pick up your wallet at the store and they’ll have time to break into your home and burglarize it. If it was an employee of the store that call ask them for the store number and call them back. If it’s a person who “found” it make sure you call the police to watch your home and/or escort you to pick up the wallet. You do not want to get yourself in trouble meeting someone you don’t know.