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'Tis the season…for car break-ins
By Insure.com staff

Packed shopping mall parking lots and the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season are ripe conditions for savvy car thieves, warns Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.), a Michigan auto-theft prevention program funded by car insurance companies.

Cars filled with packages are easy targets for vehicle break-ins, the organization says. To prevent break-ins, H.E.A.T. encourages consumers to park in well-lit, high-traffic areas, lock valuables out of sight in the trunk and stay observant of their surroundings.

"The holidays are a joyous time of year filled with family gatherings and gift giving," Terri Miller, director of H.E.A.T., said in a press statement. "But, with overflowing parking lots and vehicles filled to the brim with purchases, the holidays are also a dream for car thieves."

Theft of a car is covered under comprehensive car insurance. Personal belongings stolen from inside the car are covered under renters or home insurance.

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