A recent article on the theft of valuables belonging to well know music artist Usher has focused the attention on the need for greater vehicle security. This theft on the 14th of December has also brought some other media attention to the singer as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] bosses have since urged the singer not to replace stolen coats and asked him to stop buying furs.
In the letter, PETA official Michelle Cho writes, “When it comes to these coats, you’re not the first victim. The animals who were beaten, electrocuted, or drowned for those coats – the original owners – are the real victims. Please pledge to be fur-free.”
Atlanta police confirmed that a thief stole $1 million in jewellery, clothing and other belongings from R&B singer Usher’s SUV while he shopped last month. According to an Atlanta Police Department report, the Atlanta resident was returning from the airport on Dec. 14 when he and a companion stopped at an AT&T Store in an upscale shopping area in the Buckhead neighbourhood.
An unidentified man pried open the driver’s side door of the SUV and stole $1,065,700 worth of laptops, cameras, jewels and other items. A witness tells police the suspect escaped in a burgundy Chevrolet Impala.
On the Car Insurance Blog we have added information on the need to protect the vehicle from damage and theft under a heading “Layered vehicle security needed for affordable car insurance”.
The above theft not only alerts vehicle owners to the need for security systems in vehicles –but especially measures to be implemented to avoid the smash and grab crimes. It appears that the crime in the above scenario have been a typical smash and grab crime – requiring attention to what is visible from outsiders preying on valuables inside the vehicle.
We would like to quote from the Car Insurance Blog and the measures to avoid smash and grab crimes:
- Don’t have bags, cellular phones, briefcases or other valuables visible – This will attract thieves who may break your car window.
- Always remove radios, CD or cassette players if possible.
- Lock all valuables in the boot of your car or behind the seat if it is a bakkie/SUV.
- Thieves target car parks. Always park your car in attended parking lots.
View the Car Insurance Blog for more information on how to avoid vehicle theft and damage!