Houston Police Hand Out Car Safety Report Cards

July 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Apparently, the number one crime in Houston, Texas, is breaking and entering of a car. To combat the problem, H-E-B, a local grocery store chain, and the Houston Police Department have teamed up to provide car theft report cards to car owners.

While customers are parked in an H-E-B parking lot, the Houston Police check the cars and grade them on the likelihood of the car being broken in to. Sadly, most cars fail the test.

The point of the report cards is to get car owners to realize that leaving cell phones, laptops, purses, and other bags and valuable items could leave them open to thieves who see a bag sitting on the passenger seat of a car as an opportunity to make some quick cash.

As a rule, locking your car doors and rolling up your windows does not make your car invulnerable. When you leave your car, if you want to leave valuable items in it, stow them under the seat, in the glove box, or in the trunk. Since breaking into a car is a crime of opportunity, reduce the opportunity by placing items out of sight.

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6892951

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