With the economy in it’s present condition I’ve seen a rash of vehicular theft like never before. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t come in with a broken window (someone smashes it to get the $2 item someone left on their seat). There’s also an abundance of all types of missing body parts i.e. mirrors, headlights, grills, tail lights, radios and we even had someone come in with a missing battery last week.
Of course as you know I’m in NYC so it’s easy to think it’s a big city thing but it’s just not the case. I have many customers with houses upstate in the country and they come in with similar stories. There’s theft happening right in people’s driveways including loss of the entire vehicle. It also happens a lot in mall parking lots and this holiday season will be rife with it.
What’s to be done about all this has no simple cure but I’m here to remind you that it’s happening and happening big. One simple rule to follow would be to NOT leave anything on view and I mean anything. I’ve seen many broken windows where they didn’t even take anything but saw the junky headphones and thought there might be something else. I’ve spoken to people who simply left the attachment to the GPS on the dashboard only to return to a broken window and a ransacked glove box where they thought the GPS itself must be.
Then there was this recent scenario, a customer jumped out of the delivery truck to deliver something and someone jumped right into the still running vehicle and took off with it. The truck was found later that day in the same neighborhood and upon further investigation it was determined it had been used to run some errands around town, making various stops along the way. They also kindly emptied it out completely while they had it, including taking the radio with them.
The best thing you can do is to just be hyper aware. When you park your car, take a last look into it and see if you’ve left anything laying out. If you have, DON’T pick it all up and go right around to the trunk and dump it in there (very common rookie mistake that thieves love). Try to always park in well lit areas, it will deter a few and don’t forget to set that alarm.
All I can really offer you is some good luck, because if someone is looking for your particular mirror there isn’t much you can do to deter them. Also, don’t forget to call your insurance company after, you can’t believe what some of those mirrors cost!