It's a fast paced world and people may not always realize in their hast simple mistakes that could make them targets to criminals.
Cars have always been a hot spot for thieving eyes. The truth, many daily don'ts happen in and around cars. Here in the Metro, cars are targeted by criminals everyday.
One of the biggest mistakes police see are people leaving keys in their vehicles. This mistake makes it almost too easy for crooks to get away with a car.
Also, leaving a car running with the keys inside to either warm up or cool down is illegal. When a car is running, it must be attended.
In the summer heat, cracking windows can also give crooks a leg up to breaking in. Even an inch of space is more than enough for a car to be unlocked.
At the gas station, people often forget to lock car doors and leave valuables sitting out in plain sight.
Purses and wallets are another big target. At restaurants, purses should be placed within sight, not hanging on the back of chairs. Everyone should be mindful of the amount of cash they carry around too and also keep a list of credit card cancellation numbers readily available.
Power in numbers is another tip many often forget. Crooks target people they view as vulnerable. So when out and about, stay in well lit areas and always try to bring a friend.
Finally, most people are creatures of habit. But falling into the same routine can make anyone vulnerable. A simple change in routine makes it much harder for bad guys to learn patterns about where people work, live and hang out.