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
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.