Karl Newman, President
Darrin Sanger, Communications Director
NW Insurance Council
Phone: (206) 624-3330
Fax: (206) 624-1975
Holiday prowl: parking lot thieves
target your gifts, valuables
SEATTLE - The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day
of the year -- especially for thieves.
Rushing from department stores to shopping malls hoping to catch
the Deal of the Century can also leave your gifts vulnerable to
theft. Shoppers should take extra precautions as they shop from
store to store and get in and out of their vehicles.
"Unless it's permanently attached to your car, most auto insurance
policies don't cover your personal belongings," said Karl Newman,
NW Insurance Council president. "Homeowners and renters insurance
do provide coverage for your belongings, including gifts, subject
to deductibles of $250 or more. As always, you'll save yourself
a lot of headaches by taking steps ahead of time to reduce the risk
of a break-in."
As you shop, be wary that car prowlers are lurking in parking lots
waiting to steal gifts from unattended cars.
Here are a few tips from the NW Insurance Council to help you shop
- Double check to make sure your doors are locked.
- Whenever possible, store gifts and other valuables in your trunk.
If this isn't possible, throw a blanket over gifts before you
leave your vehicle unattended.
- Don't go back and forth frequently from stores to your vehicle
to unload gifts. Car prowlers watch for shoppers who leave gifts
in their vehicles unattended.
If you have questions about your homeowners or renters insurance,
check your policy or call your insurance company or agent. For more
information, contact NW Insurance Council at (800) 664-4942 or visit
NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit, public-education organization
funded by member insurance companies.