Halloween is Friday, and among all those candy-collecting ghosts, goblins and ghouls, there will be much scarier trick-or-treaters on the prowl for a certain type of goodie that won't fit in a pillowcase — your car. According to the Des Plaines, Ill.-based National Insurance Crime Bureau, Halloween is the top holiday in the U.S. for vehicle theft, with 2,328 incidents reported in NICB's most-recent Holiday Theft Report. That's over a quarter more car thefts than the average for all other holidays measured.
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Vehicle-recovery device manufacturer LoJack offers the following tips to help keep you from becoming the victim of car theft this Halloween:
- Even if you're just traveling around the neighborhood, never leave valuables in the car.
- If you leave your car, never leave your keys inside, or the car running.
- Park in well-lit, populated areas, as thieves are inclined to target cars in dark, unattended areas.
- Protect your car with an alarm and recovery system.