The warm sunshine of a Michigan summer brings an increase in auto theft and auto theft-related crimes, according to H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts), Michigan's statewide vehicle theft prevention program.
H.E.A.T. has some tips for Michigan drivers to keep cars and the stuff inside safe.
Lock and Load: Always lock your car when leaving it, and remember to set alarms or other anti-theft devices every time you get out.
Watch Those Wheels: Invest in locking lug nuts and park in your garage whenever possible. Thieves target easy-to-steal tires and rims.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Keep all personal belongings, including GPS systems, MP3 players, cell phones and other valuables, out of sight.
Give and Go: No car is worth your life. If approached by a carjacker, give up your car. Most carjackings involve a weapon, so give them your keys and get away from the scene quickly.
Keep Watch and Report Crime: Help keep your neighborhood safe by writing down descriptions, license plate numbers and other helpful information. Report any suspicious activity to H.E.A.T.'s confidential tip-reward line, 1-800-242-HEAT.