October 2021 – Lock It or Lose It

Do you lock your car when it is parked in your driveway? Do you leave your home, shed or other outbuildings insecure? Are you sick of hearing “Lock It or Lose It”?

We know, it’s an extra step to remember to hit the car key fob or carry the keys with you when you want to grab tools from the shed. You may think you are saving time by leaving things unlocked. It’s so convenient. But if it’s convenient for you, it’s SUPER convenient for the criminal looking for easy access to items to steal.

Hand holding a key fob with a car obscured in the background.
Lock It or Lose It means your car, home and outbuildings,

Leaving your property unlocked actually takes more time. Follow our Lock It or Lose It Logic. Your unlocked vehicle is stolen, OR your property has been removed from your home, shed or other outbuilding.

  1. You have to contact police. They will have to get information from you. This will take time.
  2. You will have to check in with neighbors, in case they have had items stolen as well, because they didn’t remember to Lock It or Lose it.
  3. You have to contact your insurance company. This is going to be an interesting conversation once they determine your property was unlocked.
  4. You will have to get the items replaced (with or without insurance) which could mean tallying what was stolen and shopping for new items.
  5. You will have to do all these things while balancing your work, family and other commitments. You say you don’t have extra time now? Wait until you have to deal with the aftermath of crime.
  6. You will have to listen to family and friends tell you THEY would never leave their property insecure and how they cannot believe YOU did!

As you can see, it doesn’t save you time and it causes a lot of headaches. Reporting crime is important and so is preventing it! Lock It or Lose It!

Remember, if you have information about a crime and wish to remain anonymous, submit a tip at www.csgw.tips or call 1-800-222-TIPS. Your information is confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you may receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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