OKLAHOMA (KFOR) – AAA says New Year’s Day is the number one holiday for car thefts. Oklahoma Reporting Association ranked 7order Nationally highest for car thefts on January 1st.
“Why not make your New Year’s resolutions to keep your keys with you and lock your car at all times?” Leslie Gamble, AAA spokeswoman said.
New Year’s Day is a time for celebration and renewal, but it’s also a prime opportunity for thieves to pry open car doors, jump inside, and take off.
“New Year’s Day is the number one holiday for stolen vehicles,” says Gamble.
Gamble told News 4, Oklahoma ranked 7order Nationally highest number of vehicles stolen during the holiday season. Fraudsters take advantage of drivers to park their cars in unfamiliar places.
“Perhaps the vehicles are left somewhere where people don’t get them home from a party at night, somewhere else, or aren’t in their garage or space,” she said. .
AAA says pickup trucks top the wish list of thieves in Oklahoma, which includes full-size models from Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and GMC.
“So if you’re a pickup truck owner, you really need to address this in the new year that you’re going to lock your car,” she said.
One of the top things AAA wants to make sure car owners never do is keep the car running with the key inside. That includes using the keyless feature. Although convenient for you, it is also very convenient for crooks.
“It’s easy when you consider what the paint spot is if you don’t have one,” says Gamble. “In Oklahoma last year, claims increased by nearly $10,000 for each stolen vehicle.”
With temperatures dropping this New Year’s end, AAA says keeping track of your car’s maintenance is a must.
Gamble told News 4: “There will be a lot of battery failure and tire pressure will change.
If you’ve been enjoying the weekend indoors while leaving your car unused, you may have a headache trying to start your car on Monday morning.
“We can be surprised when the battery fails or the tire pressure is low,” she said. “And maybe now you want to go out and start over for a while before you have to go somewhere. Check those things like your tire pressure and make sure your car starts up.”
AAA says the average lifespan of a car battery is about 3-5 years. When it’s 32 degrees outside, the car battery is 35% weaker. At 0 degrees, the vehicle loses 60% of its power.
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