Taking your iPhone when you leave your car? A no-brainer. But your coat or backpack?
Well, yes and yes. Turns out, car prowlers are optimists. To them, both scream "buried treasure!"
That's disheartening because in a recent PEMCO Poll, a majority of respondents proudly said they empty their car of valuables when they leave, and a respectable 87% lock their doors. Forty-five percent even use an alarm system. Yet PEMCO Claims analysts see otherwise empty cars broken into just because a thief convinced himself that a coat slung across the backseat was camouflaging a jackpot.
Some other unlikely thief magnets: Coins (yes, really!), sunglasses, work tools, and the scariest of them all – garage door openers that, when combined with an address gleaned from documents in the glove compartment, may give a thief easy entry into your house.
You also can make your car less enticing to thieves by parking in your garage, choosing well-lighted spots when you must park on the street, and never leaving your car running unattended (even if you're just dashing back to the house for a forgotten item).
The PEMCO Poll also reveals interesting differences in how worried and wary we are. (Who knew? Younger Oregonians are the most likely to lock their doors and remove valuables.) See the complete PEMCO Northwest Poll, in which Seattle's FBK Research surveyed 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents.