Most days are spent in the car whether driving to work, school or running
errands. To that end, have you thought about how the items in your car could
increase your risk of identity theft or fraud?
Here are a few everyday items that you may want to think twice about keeping in
Garage Door Opener.
It clips easily on a visor, so why not keep it convenient? Unfortunately, if
your car is left unlocked or broken into, a thief could quickly get into your
garage. And unless you lock the door between your home and garage, they could
quickly gain access inside the house.
If you get pulled over by the police, you’re asked for license, registration and
proof of insurance. You likely keep your license in your wallet, but most
people will keep the other items in their glove compartment. Unfortunately, if
either paper contains your home address, consider keeping them in your wallet
instead. The reason being that leaving it in the car lets thieves know where
you live… especially in cases where a garage door opener is stolen. Other
paperwork with personal information that you should be careful not to leave in
your car includes purchase documentation and repair paperwork.
Stick Figure Family.
You’re proud, it’s cute and it gives the outside world a glimpse of your life,
from the size of your family, to hobbies and any pets… but it’s also a risk. It
can give strangers a topic of conversation with your children or alert thieves
if there’s a larger dog in the home.
From laptops and sports equipment to department store bags, if you have to
store anything of value in your car, try to conceal it. This is especially
important during the holiday season where you may be traveling between stores
for the best deals… and thieves are casing cars in parking lots.