Your glove box is off-limits for these things
As a responsible driver, you might think your glove box is the perfect place to keep essential items. In a survey conducted by Canadian motoring association AMA, 77 per cent of its members said they keep documents like their registration and insurance in their glove box. Unfortunately, though, the glove box is often the first place thieves look after they break one of your car windows or jimmy a lock.
“We have reports from our law enforcement partners that car thieves have stolen the car, driven it to the residence, and burgled the home before the owner even knew the vehicle was missing,” Joe Wehrle, CEO of US-based National Insurance Crime Bureau, told Clark.com. To protect yourself, here’s what you should take out of your glove box, pronto.
Your glove box might seem like a convenient place to store important documents, but you should never leave anything with personal information like your home address there – including your car registration papers. “It’s just too easy for thieves to take your ID and use it to make phoney credit cards, loan applications – you name it,” Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, told carinsurancequotes.com.
Receipts can contain all kinds of personal information: your name, address, email address, sometimes even your credit card number. That’s a field day for identity thieves. Keep your receipts at home instead.