OKLAHOMA (KFOR) – AAA has declared New Year’s Day the number one holiday for car thefts. Association reports Oklahoma ranks 7and the highest in the country for car thefts on January 1st.
“Why not make a New Year’s resolution to keep your keys with you and always lock your vehicle?” said Leslie Gamble, spokesperson for AAA.
New Year’s Day is a time of celebration and renewal, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for thieves to open a car door, jump in and take off.
“New Year’s Day is the number one holiday for stolen vehicles,” Gamble said.
Gamble told News 4 Oklahoma ranks 7and the highest in the country for cars stolen during the holidays. Scammers take advantage of drivers parking their cars in unfamiliar places.
“Maybe vehicles are left somewhere with people who aren’t bringing them home after a party in the evening, are in a different place, or not in their garage or space,” she said. declared.
AAA said pickup trucks were high on the wish lists of thieves in Oklahoma, including full-size models from Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and GMC.
“So if you’re a pickup truck owner, you really have to make it your New Year’s resolution to lock your vehicle,” she said.
One of the main things AAA wants to make sure car users never do is leave the car running with the keys inside. This includes using the keyless feature. While it’s convenient for you, it’s also convenient for a scammer.
“It’s pretty easy when you consider what the paint point is if you don’t,” Gamble said. “In Oklahoma last year, claims increased by nearly $10,000 per stolen vehicle.”
With the temperature dropping this New Year’s weekend, AAA says keeping an eye on your car’s maintenance is a must.
“There will be a lot of batteries failing and the tire pressure will have changed,” Gamble told News 4.
If you’re enjoying this weekend indoors while leaving your car unused outside, you might get a headache when you try to start the car on Monday morning.
“We could be surprised by a bad battery or low tire pressure,” she said. “And you’ll probably at this point want to go out and get started once in a while before you have to go somewhere.” Check things like your tire pressure and make sure your car will start.
AAA said the average life of a car battery is about 3-5 years. When it’s 32 degrees outside, a car battery is 35% weaker. At 0 degrees, the car loses 60% of its strength.
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