Yesterday, a co-worker of mine went to lunch with a friend, and as they returned to their cars, his friend noticed his window had been broken into, and his gym bag was nowhere to be found.
We usually write about tips that protect you from thieves and threats via the internet, but today we want to help you stay protected in the real world.
Car robbery in Atlanta is considered an epidemic by law enforcement. One headline states that a duo hit 161 vehicles before getting caught. When you leave bags and valuables in your car, you might be inviting thieves to target your vehicle. A car takes five seconds to break into, and rather than searching the vehicle for valuables, the thief can easily grab the bag and retreat.
The duo that hit 161 cars had a specific intention on finding firearms. “Authorities said the duo had stolen more than 40 firearms in 161 vehicle break-ins across dozens of locations since January. That means that about one out of every four cars they ransacked had a gun in it.” The article goes on to say that at least 850 guns were stolen from vehicles in 2015. No matter what type or size bag you have in your car, if it is big enough to hold a firearm, you might have been a target of this duo.
Even though your vehicle being vandalized breeds enough heartache, I am sure you cherish your personal belongings. We recommend that when you leave your car, put any bags or valuables in your trunk or take them with you. Keep in mind that, depending on your industry, having your laptop or phone stolen could result in major compliance violations. We want you to be as safe as possible!
Growing up in Long Island, New York, Kevin ventured to the Florida Institute of Technology to begin his college career. While attending school, Kevin created and managed his own website that helped college students raise their GPAs and do better academically. Enthralled with technology, Kevin has found his home with the team at Network 1.
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