Don’t Fall Victim To Shopping Mall Thieves

We Have Tips That Should Lower Chances Of Your Car Being Hit

PARAMUS, N.J. (CBS) — Could  thieves give you the Black Friday blues?

While you shop, they could be targeting your cars or even targeting you when you leave the store.

CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reports on how you can avoid trouble in the parking lot.

“In broad daylight thieves will break into cars. At night thieves will break into your car. If you’re parked against the mall, thieves will break into your car because it’s a crime of opportunity,” Paramus Police Detective Lt. Robert Guidetti said.

Despite that, driving through the Garden State Shopping Plaza Guidetti said he still finds shoppers leaving their GPS out in the open.

“They took the GPS down, but we still have the mount. The GPS is somewhere in the car,” Guidetti said.

It wasn’t just that driver, but dozens of others. One SUV Sloan saw was packed with boxes for thieves to break in and steal.

Another person had a radar detector and leather black bag out in plain sight in the front seat.

Crime stats show that while people may be putting their GPS devices away they’re leaving things like laptops, iPods and phones out.

As many as 125 cars were hit for their accessories at the Garden State plaza. They’re already at 65 this year, but Marie Minasi said she tries to stay safe outside her car.

“I always make sure to walk with a friend when I walk to my car,” Minasi said.

Police say once you get in your car, lock it.

“We’ve had incidents where people have gotten in their car, put their pocket book in and someone snatches it from the car while you’re still in it,” Guidetti said.

And Guidetti said don’t strap your bag on your shoulder. Keep it in front, toward the parked cars, so that someone driving by doesn’t snatch it and take you with it.

The bottom line, police said, is if you’re in a parking lot and feel something’s wrong, go back in the mall with people.

Always trust your sixth sense.

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  • BernhardFranz

    i saw marines aiming aks into that mall and fft police aiming in like 50 guns at once i also saw the mall sec guy holding a thai woman from a thai message shop in a car i think he is getting her to a “customer” for a little more than the regular medical message more like a B.LO-WJOB treatment
    one security org alone stole like a billion or so from banks money they were “guarding” and all work in the red light district also as pimps people got so upset they got 6 mio of them involved in bombs and dismembered in iraq alone
    wonder why these doodes are not just helping an old woman through the mall
    why they get close to causing a nuke war or so

  • bernhardfranz

    i just met this mall securiyt it kicked em out and escorted me out and later my bus pass for 150 $ was gone also and he also kicked out the only 4 armee kides that ever entered the mall
    other pinkertonc chap got 3500 $ of my cc
    i mean just watchout for the watchmen is what i think i hear all these mall secs use seraches to steal from the searched
    i mean i am LAPD and he kicked me out

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