Be S.M.A.R.T. and Be Safe

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Integrity First Realty

There has been an increase in burglaries near our neighborhood. Our local Gilbert, AZ Police Department is introducing a program to help us better protect our property and vehicles. The Moore Team does more than just sell real estate, we want to make a difference in people's lives so, I'm sharing this will all of our clients and I wanted to share it with all of you out there.  The new Program, known as "Operation S.M.A.R.T. Driver" focuses on the things a driver needs to remember prior to exiting his or her vehicle.

S = Secure your vehicle inside your garage or park in a well lit area.   

Your vehicle is more vulnerable out in the open. Try not to park street side. Park in your driveway or near your apartment so that the vehicle can be viewed periodically.  If you have a garage, park inside and do not forget to close your garage door once inside.

M = Make sure you have taken all of your personal property out of your vehicle. 

It's important to make certain that you take all of the valuables out of the vehicle when exiting.  Burglars love to see items that can be easily carried away - such as;

Cash/change in ashtrays or cup holders

CD's

Wallets/purses

Mail

Jewelry

Gym Bags

Tools

Cell phones, IPODS, Lap tops and other electronics

A = Always make copies of the documents you leave in your glove compartment and black out your address.

Arizona is number 1 in the nation for identity theft and because of this we need to be extremely conscious of our personal information.  If someone were to access your glove compartment while you were shopping, or having the vehicle serviced or washed, they would have immediate access to your personal information.  If your glove compartment locks, lock it - leave only redacted copies of your information in there.  

R = Remember to always take your keys, garage opener and radio face plates with you.

Many times vehicle thefts begin as burglaries.  A criminal finds a vehicle with valuables in it - and also scores keys. Never leave your keys in your vehicle.  Taking your keys, garage door openers and radio faceplates with you each and every time you leave the vehicle is very important even when parking inside your own garage.  Criminals have electronic garage door decoders and can get into open garage doors quite easily.     

T = Take the time to lock your vehicle and set your car alarm.

If you have a vehicle alarm - use it.  If you hear a vehicle alarm going off in a parking lot- pay attention and do not hesitate to contact police to report this suspicious activity.  We count on you to be the eyes and ears.of your community.

 Pass This On! It never hurts to get a reminder about these things.

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Rainmaker
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
I will be posting a blog later tonight about realtor safety and a very odd phone call that I received today from someone claiming to be with our relocation deparment and using my brokers name.
Apr 21, 2008 10:49 AM #1
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Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA
And don't forget your NRA bumper sticker, and a concealed weapons permit. Cause ya never know if the police are going to arrive to save you. I do like the way the Marion County jail system works....
Apr 21, 2008 10:52 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT
Broker-Mentor,CRS

Good tips!  One more to add, in our area, they seem to be looking for the portable navigation systems.  So, if you happen to use the plug in model, put it out of sight when you park your vehicle.  One reason to buy the vehicle with it built in from the factory:)

It's a Good Life!

Fran

Apr 28, 2008 02:25 AM #3
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Great tips. I always lock my car when I am out shopping but sometimes do not lock when I am showing houses.

May 08, 2008 12:41 AM #4
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Dione Sage
Nova Home Loans - Gilbert, AZ

Wonderful Post, I too live in Gilbert, I am highly impressed with our community. Safety is SOOO important and everyone needs to realize that we live in a very different era now. Thank you for the great blog.

May 08, 2008 06:15 AM #5
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