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Don’t Forget, Lock Your Vehicle!

Q. Thank you for the newsletter each month…we share it with our associates here at work. We appreciate the information each month as we use it during our fleet and safety talks.

We had an unusual circumstance earlier this month; one of our drivers left his vehicle running while he went into a convenience store for just a few moments. When he came back out, his truck was gone. Fortunately, for our company and for him, the truck was recovered about two blocks down the road with no apparent damage or other items stolen.

Needless to say, we have all been alerted to this issue and have begun to lock our trucks when parked.

Do you have any other things that we can share with our team about vehicle theft?

Steve B. – Field Tech

A. Steve, thank you for sharing this experience.

Vehicle theft is something that doesn’t get a lot of attention until it happens. At that point, we retrace every step we made to try and answer the question… how did it happen? Many times, what we realize is that the theft could have been prevented if we had just taken a few extra precautions.

We put together the following list for you and your team:

  • Park in well-lit areas at night.
  • Never leave your vehicle while it is running, even at those “quick” stops.
  • Never leave your keys, wallet or other items visible in the vehicle when parking.
  • Close your windows and lock your doors when you park your vehicle.

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Ben Langley is the Safety Editor for “The Driver Advantage™”. Ben is a passionate proponent for driver safety education, training and awareness. Continuously submerged in research targeting human behavior and driver safety; Ben initiates creative thinking that is evident in his writings. Ben also develops unique, exciting and results oriented driver safety programs and campaigns. His knowledge and common sense approach to driver safety is wrapped with authentic concern for people. Ben is also the co-found of Safety Wins, Inc. a 501©(3) non-profit organization. The Safety Wins concept of training fleet drivers at NASCAR Race Tracks throughout America was federally and privately funded. Today, Safety Wins, Inc focuses on Teen Driver Safety and continues to use the platform of motorsports to attract attention to their life saving driver safety message. Contact the author

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