Auto Crimes on the Rise in D.C. Suburb
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Police want drivers getting gas in Montgomery County to be extra cautious after a string of 14 thefts during the last month in this suburban D.C. region of Maryland.
Three more car-related thefts occurred in the last few days — one of which was at the same Shell gas station where an early crime occurred, WTOP reports.
Police officers say thieves are stealing vehicles and valuables from unsuspecting drivers and are reminding drivers to lock their doors at gas stations, even while filling up, and especially if they leave the vehicle for any amount of time.
The thieves, according to police reports, are targeting women who appear distracted, such as talking on a cell phone.
Thefts Occur During Daylight Hours
The targeted gas stations are close to the Capital Beltway with the crimes happening in the mornings and afternoons.
When auto crimes like these occur, it highlights the importance of securing your vehicle with an alarm to protect yourself and your property.
Where you live in the D.C. area and personal driving habits, such as where you park, can influence the type of alarm you should consider purchasing.
Many highly rated local auto alarm companies can guide you through the process, but here’s a quick overview to get you started. Keep in mind that many systems have a combination of all of these features.
Make Some Noise
Audible alarms are typically pre-installed in the vehicle and have a panic button on the key fob.
Alerts vary from the horn repeatedly sounding to the lights on the vehicle flashing with the horn sounding. This can deter a potential thief due to the attention the alarm causes, but it can become an annoyance if it's set off accidentally. Just ask your neighbors.
Quiet, but Effective
Silent alarms page the owner of the vehicle when a break-in occurs. Because the thief does not hear the alarm, this system enables the owner to catch a thief in the act of stealing the vehicle.
For safety considerations, police should be notified whenever an attempted theft is in progress. Check to see whether the alarm does this automatically or you must do this yourself.
Nowhere to Go
Immobilizing alarms require the vehicle's key be near the car to start, which deters thieves attempting to drive off. This does little, however, to protect any valuables within your car.
Let a Satellite Help
GPS systems can help locate the vehicle when it has been stolen. This can assist police in finding the vehicle and, in many cases, the person responsible for the theft.
Your Car Keeps You Connected
Two-way paging systems provide communication between the vehicle's alarm and key fob. The paging system notifies you when the vehicle's alarm is activated or deactivated, the doors are locked or unlocked and when the vehicle's alarm is set off by someone attempting to break in.