Happy Thanksgiving. If you go shopping, beware the puffers!

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 6.27.17 PMAccording to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), there were more than 21,000 reported stolen vehicles during the months of November and December 2012. Make sure yours is not one of them.

1.       Be thankful for safe parking. Parking in well-lit parking lots or safe driveways can make it difficult for thieves to break into your car.

2.       Hide purchases and gifts out of plain sight. Remember to conceal valuables and lock your car, no matter where you are. Although it might seem like common sense, expensive goods and gifts stored in your vehicle may give car thieves added motive to break in.

3.       Beware of “Puffers.” Never leave your car running or unattended. A “puffer” is a term for thieves who go around looking for and stealing unattended, and running, cars. Although it might be tempting to leave your car unattended and running to warm up in the colder months, a vacated car is an easy target for thieves.

4.       Protection for all. Using a security system will provide peace-of-mind knowing that your assets can be protected and recovered.

Thank you LoJack for these tips to help shoppers prepare for the hectic and crazy holiday.