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National Vehicle Theft Protection Month is in July

July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month, according to the International Association of Auto Investigators and LoJack Corporation. Vehicle owners are encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure their automobile and the belongings inside are safe from theft. For those looking to ramp up security in their ride, lock boxes are a great solution to keep expensive items secure and out of sight from prying eyes.

“The summer months of July and August are the top months of the year for vehicle theft, which continues to be a significant problem throughout the United States,” said Christopher McDonold, member and past president of IAATI. “Despite the common misconception that theft is often a result of teenage joyriders, auto theft cases often involve professional thieves using sophisticated technology and techniques. It is our goal to provide vehicle owners with tips and information that will help protect them, as well as their personal assets like laptops, GPS devices and cell phones, that are often at risk due to being left behind in vehicles.”

According to Lojack and IAATI, July and August are the two most popular months for auto theft, meaning vehicle owners need to be more cautious. The report also included a number of ways vehicles are stolen and what happens after an owner notices they are missing. For instance, many car thieves are professionals. In addition, many vehicles are being stolen inside the U.S. but are being exported and sold in other countries.

LoJack and IAATI also reminded motorists that older cars get stolen, too. Many thieves will strip the vehicle for parts, making just about any automobile a target for theft.

Improve security to keep a ride safe
Whether it’s to protect a vehicle from getting stolen or to discourage a thief from breaking in, security products are the ideal solution to avoid becoming a victim this summer.

For those looking for a practical solution to keeping their belongings safe, a lockbox is the best bet. As many thieves will scout out vehicles for expensive items before they break into a vehicle, keeping valuables in a lockbox that is mounted in the trunk will ensure they aren’t tempted. And for owners with a lot of gear they want to keep safe, a security box is the perfect product.

Tuffy Security Products has everything a owner needs for vehicle protection.

Avoid being a victim by installing a lockbox.

California city plagued with over 100 vehicle break ins

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that since November, Fallbrook, California, has had more than 100 vehicle burglaries. Victims have had valuables stolen out of their cars – some items were worth thousands of dollars.

The report noted that most of vehicle burglaries take place from the hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and, not surprisingly, most of the thefts have targeted unlocked vehicles. While some car windows were broken into, victims have realized that simply locking their vehicle might have saved them a lot of hassle.

Here’s a list of some of the items that were stolen:

  • Wallets
  • Bags
  • Purses
  • Cell phones
  • Identification
  • Credit cards
  • Social Security cards

The police report also noted that the thefts have had a resounding impact, as credit cards and ID have been used for other following burglaries.

In one particular case, a professional photographer left behind a wide array of expensive equipment in his or her unlocked car. A thief ended up making off with $3,000 in camera equipment. In another instance, thieves stole $16,000 in hang gliding and paragliding equipment from a vehicle in an open garage. Another case included the theft of a purse, laptop, iPad and $3,000 in cash. Police noted that the items were in plain sight, which is likely why thieves took the opportunity to break into the vehicles.

As a result of the high amount of vehicle break ins in Fallbrook, the Sheriff’s Substation is holding a community meeting on May 29 to address the burglaries. Fallbrook citizens are encouraged to always lock their vehicle doors and remember to roll up their windows. While it’s a good idea to take valuables out of a vehicle, getting them out of sight is a smart way to discourage theft.

That’s where a lockbox comes in
In a perfect world, theft wouldn’t happen at all and vehicle owners would be free to leave their expensive belongings behind. Since that’s just not the case, car owners are encouraged to take preventative measures to keeping their personal belongings safe.

And since removing expensive items isn’t always an option, products are available to keep them safe. Lock boxes can be mounted inside a vehicle – typically the trunk – not only keeping valuables out of sight but also locked away.

Homeowners can keep their valuables safe with a lockbox.

Get tough on home storage with lock boxes, security products

A closet might be a convenient place to store your belonging, but it won’t stop a thief.  Too often, homeowners can avoid becoming victims of theft by getting tougher on their home storage and security systems.

Most criminals want to be in and out of a home in just minutes. They search common areas where one would assume you’d find jewelry and other expensive belongings, then they get out of there quick. Homeowners who aren’t prepared can see thousands of dollars disappear in no time. However, if they take a few preventative measures, they can minimize the financial toll of a theft.

Homeowners looking to get tough on storage are encouraged to purchase a lockbox. This innovative little item can make all the difference when a thief is around. A lockbox can be mounted into a vehicle or practically anywhere in a home where there’s room. So not only is a lockbox doing a heck of job keeping expensive items secure, but it will also keep it out of sight, depending on where it’s mounted. Homeowners have gotten creative with where they hide there lock boxes, making it impossible for a thief to find in a short amount of time, much less get it open once they’ve found it.

Lock boxes are also ideal for storing a hand gun. Homeowners can breathe easy knowing their gun is locked away, out of the reach of both criminals and children.

Tuffy has security solutions for homeowners
When it comes to a leading security products brands, no company can hold a candle to Tuffy. Their innovative products will give home and auto owners peace of mind, letting them know their valuables are safe.

Tuffy’s lockboxes are ideal for transporting and storing firearms. They allow an owner to safely lock a gun away, while still enabling them to quickly access the weapon with a push button combination.

In addition to its popular lockboxes, Tuffy has a wide array of security solutions homeowners are sure to love. A mini safe is perfect for storing larger items in a home. While a lockbox can be concealed more easily , a mini safe can be ideal in offering both more secure storage space and a subtle location to hide belongings. With any of Tuffy’s products, homeowners can rest assured that their valuables aren’t going anywhere.

Keep your belongings safe with security products.

Who is most likely to benefit from security products?

Anyone who has had something stolen knows the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realize you’ve become a victim of theft. Maybe a car window was smashed in and your stereo disappeared or a home invader made off with your electronics. Whatever the case may be, it feels terrible. Not only did you just lose some pricey belongings but you were also robbed of your peace of mind.

Everyone has belongings they want to keep safe, so it’s important to take preventative measures. Whether you consider yourself a homebody or an avid traveler, it’s likely you would benefit from security products. Here’s a list of people who are sure to benefit from beefing up on security:

Homeowners
There’s almost nothing worse than having your home broken into. It can take an experienced thief a matter of minutes to break in, gather your belongings and get away. However, when it comes to safeguarding expensive possessions, the best solution is a lockbox. A lockbox is ideal in a number of ways. For one thing, it secures any expensive belongings in a durable metal box. It’s also typically pretty small, so a homeowner can get creative about where they hide it. As a result, a thief likely won’t be able to locate a small lockbox in a home, much less access the contents inside in a short amount of time.

Vehicle owners
The second group of people to benefit from security products are auto owners. A vehicle is even easier to break into than a house, making security that much more important. Break-ins are highly common in the warmer months of the year, so now is the perfect time to improve security. These products can be mounted into the trunk of a vehicle, keeping them out of sight from a thief.

Jeep off-roading enthusiasts
There are a number of innovative Jeep parts and accessories that are essential for anyone who goes off-roading. Jeeps can expensive. Therefore, it’s all the more important to have security measures in place. Someone who spent $20,000 on their vehicle and $10,000 more on modifications needs security products. Whether it’s a security door locker specifically designed for a Jeep or a lock for the hood, there is no shortage of options when it comes to security for Jeeps.

Campers
Anyone who has gone on a camping trip knows how important gear is, and how detrimental it could be if that gear were to get stolen. Security boxes can be installed into the trunk of a vehicle, giving a camper a safe place to store all their stuff. A thief will keep walking past a vehicle if they notice a steel security box in the trunk.

Police officers
Security products are also great for law enforcement. Whether they are on or off duty, a cop will benefit from securing their police tactical gear in a security drawer. As police officers carry dangerous weapons and gear, safely storing them is critical. A security drawer will keep any dangerous items out of the wrong hands.

Keep your peace of mind and feel safe in your home with lockboxes

Lock boxes offer peace of mind

Often the worst part about having valuables stolen isn’t actually being robbed of those items, it’s the peace of mind that gets taken from you, changing your thought process everyday. Where you might have never considered the safety of items in your vehicle, after a theft, you’re unable to think about anything else. That’s the primary reason you should look into a lockbox.

Being the victim of theft is a terrible experience. Not only is it an inconvenience, but your trust has been violated. A place you once considered to be a safe haven is now robbed of that title, and a home or vehicle might not feel the same after you know a criminal has been there. However, whether you have been the victim of a crime or are just looking to avoid it at all costs, a lockbox will give you peace of mind.

Auto owners can breathe easy and get a full night’s sleep knowing that expensive valuables are now secure and locked away in a mounted lockbox in the trunk of a vehicle. Likewise, homeowners don’t have to think about pricey valuables disappearing from their home when they have a lockbox stashed somewhere safe.

Even a camping trip can benefit from a lockbox. Where a long hike might be spent worried about gear back a campsite, a lockbox will ensure everything is there when you return. Possessions can always be replaced but peace of mind doesn’t have price tag.

Home and auto owners or those who are taking a road trip are encouraged to check out Tuffy Security Products lock boxes. Their innovative designs are ideal for keeping valuables safe and giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Avoid having a car or home broken into with the necessary precautions.

Get tough on vehicle and home security with mini safes and lockboxes

Whether you’ve just had a break in or you are trying to take measures to avoid one, there are ways to prevent thieves from making off with your belongings.

Your house and car are likely the two primary places you keep valuables, and therefore, they’re likely targets for criminals. As such, it’s essential to ramp up security.

A home
Improving security in a home is essential to protecting your family and personal items. Your peace of mind will be jeopardized after a break in, and you may never feel safe again. That’s why taking measures now to improve security is the ideal solution.

  • Reinforce doors: Homeowners are encouraged to install kick proof doors into their home. Certain wood or fiber glass doors might make it easy for a criminal to break into a home. Reinforced steel, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. In addition to stronger doors, homeowners are also encouraged to install a dead bolt lock.
  • Secure windows: It’s also a good idea to install stronger security window film. Where certain windows make it easy for a thief to get inside a home, some manufacturers offer a film that can resist anything a criminal will try to break a window with.
  • Lock items away: While it’s best to try and keep a criminal out of a home at all possible costs, sometimes they still find their way in, so it’s important to be prepared. A mini safe will keep valuable items secure in the event of an intrusion. While they are most likely searching for valuable items laying around the house, like jewelry or electronics, a homeowner can simply lock them away in a mini safe that is mounted to the wall and deter the impact of the crime.

A vehicle
Another popular target for thieves is a vehicle. Prowlers will go after a vehicle they think has expensive items or will be an easy mark for theft. However, vehicle owners can take a few precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

  • Install an alarm: While it might sound obvious, equipping a vehicle with an alarm will not only help notify you that your car is being broken into, but it can also deter the crime from taking place at all. Thieves will see a little blinking light inside a car and a sticker that says an alarm has been installed and will keep moving.
  • Add a lockbox: Another great item to install in a car is a lockbox. Vehicle owners can mount this product in their car or truck, keeping valuable items out of sight and locked away. A lockbox can make all the difference in giving an owner the confidence in storing their personal items in their vehicle.
  • Keep the spare keys separate: Too often owners keep a spare set of keys hidden in a car, and too often it’s stolen as a result. Vehicle owners should keep their extra keys hidden or with a loved one in order to prevent theft. Getting tough on security means avoiding habits like these, which criminals will take advantage of.
An true overlander offers his insights on safe travel.

Security products allow a traveler to feel comfortable doing more

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Overland Expo at Mormon Lake Lodge outside of Flagstaff, Arizona and was able to catch up with a veteran of the event.

J. Brandon, founder and president of American Sahara, a marketing, communications, and event management services for adventure travel companies, has attended the expo since it started four years ago, experiencing its significant growth. Overland is designed to encourage and educate attendees on traveling, and this year was another hit.

With no place to sit down and interview J., a combination coffee/paracord vendor kindly offered me one of their tents, representing the camaraderie event attendees have at the Overland Expo. I got another taste of that sense of community when J. asked me when I wanted to go on a motorcycle ride across Death Valley.

Donning an all-khaki ensemble, a hat and a beard, J. Brandon could have been pinpointed as an overlander by his appearance alone. But he also had the attitude to match. A true adventurer, Brandon was eager to convey how great this lifestyle is, asking if he could do anything to help us. I made it clear I was there representing Tuffy Security Products, and J. immediately recognized the trusted brand.

“Good, good products,” he said. “And a great brand recognition in the Jeep community.”

Tuffy designs a wide array of security products that help keep valuable items safe, and as Brandon noted, they have a great selection of security equipment for Jeeps as well as a good reputation among law enforcement.

And while J. noted that he had taken the necessary precautions to avoid having his vehicle broken into, he said he understands the importance of security equipment.

“I have traveled with folks in open Jeeps,” Brandon said. “The classic Tuffy audience. And those guys are all about security. I’ve also traveled with guys who are law enforcement officers and they’re armed all the time because it’s their job. So security is 100 percent important for them. You can’t go camping with people you don’t know and have a gun in your car and have it fall into nefarious hands.”

Brandon added that he’s been on trips with a wide array of people, some he only met on the Internet through an online community of travelers and off-roaders. And with that being said, security is all the more important.

“This independent adventure travel is all about being prepared when things don’t go according to plan,” Brandon said. “And so that being prepared means I have the right equipment, I have the right skills and mostly the right mental space… If you miss your plane, the appropriate response is just to go and get a beer. And so that sort of mindset is one of the cultural traits of this community. And those of us – this ain’t our first rodeo – we’re all about helping new folks learn because we want them to be a part of our community.”

J. is from an area near Lake Tahoe in Nevada. He rode his 2005 KLR 650 dual sport bike the nearly 800 miles to be in attendance at the Overland Expo, and what he calls a “very doable trip.”

It’s all about risk assessment when traveling
The Overland Expo saw a wide range of travelers in attendance, from those with multimillion dollar equipment to recently retired couples in campers. And J. said that depending on a person’s level of risk, they need to take the necessary precautions to avoid any disasters.

“It’s a all about risk assessment,” he said. “And good risk assessment skills come with experience – plus I got a little gray hair, that helps…Some people are just more or less risk averse. If I had small children at home, my sense of acceptable risk would be different. My children are grown. I have a wife and dogs who are totally self contained. If I didn’t come home for a month the dogs would get fed and the laundry would get done.”

The point J. is making is that people need to plan accordingly with their level of risk. A Jeep Rubicon owner would benefit from a lockbox since they can’t secure their vehicle in a traditional sense because they have an open top, for example.

“If some guy is carrying firearms in his vehicle, that’s high risk,” Brandon said. “If he’s only got a spare water bottle and some socks, that’s not really high risk. A guy who’s got a Jeep he paid $30,000, plus another $20,000 in modifications, he needs to be concerned about security and his risk assessment is critical.”

Whether it’s equipping a vehicle with a mini safe or taking some other precautions, high risk requires more security, and J. understands just how important Tuffy products are.

“If you follow the guidebook, you can expect to have the guidebook experience,” Brandon said.

instead of following a book and sticking to the road, when your belongings are safe, you can afford to go off the beaten path. And that’s where the experience really starts.

Thieves ransacked South Carolina homes and vehicles.

Spring brings warmer weather, vehicle break ins and home invasions

Home and vehicle owners should always take precautions when it comes to safeguarding their family and belongings, but that goes double during the springtime. As the weather improves, prowlers and teens are out wreaking havoc, looking for opportunities to steal. Those who are prepared can make it tough on these criminals, and a lockable storage box would likely make all the difference.

Recently in Montgomery, South Carolina, three teenagers were arrested in connection with 15 reported vehicle break ins. However, when it comes to keeping the contents of a vehicle safe, simply locking a door can make all the difference. The three who were charged were D’Aaron Colston, 18, Tavis Colston, 17 and a 16-year-old, only entered vehicles that were unlocked, stealing several unnamed items from the unsuspecting victims.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris told the Herald that many of these crimes could be prevented if vehicle owners locked their doors. He also encouraged them to take their valuables inside every night so thieves aren’t even tempted to break in.

More incidents of theft
This past weekend was a rough one for the citizens of Montgomery, as there were 10 reports of vehicle and home break ins, accounting for nearly $9,000 in stolen items and hundreds of dollars in damage, the Montgomery Advisor reported.

In one home, thieves made away with a 42-inch television, watch and necklace, totaling $1,300. Aside from the home break ins, there was a wide array of items take from cars in the area. Here’s a short list of what victims reported as having been stolen:

  • 120 GB iPod
  • Seven-inch Samsung tablet
  • Wallet with $500 cash
  • Kindle Fire
  • Social Security card
  • Debit card
  • Driver’s license
  • Perfume

One thief even broke into a convenience store and stole a $3 bottle of wine and a $60 carton of Newport cigarettes.

Keeping items safe at home and in cars
Whether it’s due to the spring weather or not, incidents of theft seem to be on the rise, and home and auto owners need to have some extra security in place. Making a few easy adjustments, like locking a car door at all times, can be the difference between becoming a victim of theft or not.

Lockboxes are also a great option to keep valuables in homes and vehicles safe. Storing expensive items encased in steel will keep them safe, and a lock box can be mounted in an inconspicuous place, likely deterring a break in altogether.

Watch out for your vehicle if you go by Mike or Liz.

If your name’s Michael or Elizabeth, you’re more likely to have your car stolen

Don’t think your name has anything to do with your car being stolen? Think again.

A study from Erie Insurance recently investigated the boys’ and girls’ names attached to those who are most likely to have their vehicles stolen. The insurance provider used the the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names, along with its claims data, to see which names have the most cars stolen. And sorry if your name is Michael or Elizabeth, because these were the No. 1 male and female names to have their cars stolen.

“Of course we don’t think parents should use this information when choosing a name because a person’s name has no bearing whatsoever on anything related to their insurance,” said Matt Myers, senior vice president of claims, Erie Insurance. “But people are fascinated by baby names, and as a car insurance provider we have claims data that can be correlated to names. We thought we’d share the information knowing that people will find it interesting.”

Following Elizabeth as the leading name for vehicle thefts were Emily, Emma, Olivia, Sofia, Abigail, Ava, Mia, Isabella and Madison. For the boys, the list continued as follows: William, Daniel, Alexander, Jacob, Noah, Ethan, Liam, Mason and Jayden.

The data showed, and rightly so, that a number of the most popular names for babies were featured on the list of those likely having their vehicle stolen. Michael was the seventh most popular name this year while Elizabeth was 10th. Considering the popularly of these names, it’s no wonder they are more likely to have a vehicle stolen, since there are so many Michaels and Elizabeths out there.

Protecting your car and belongings
If you own a vehicle – even if your name wasn’t  featured in the 10 most likely to have your car stolen – you are encouraged to take precautions to ensure you are not a victim of theft. Here are some best practices to avoid having a vehicle stolen:

  • Always lock doors, no matter how long you are away from your vehicle.
  • Choose your parking spot wisely; a well lit area is a good bet.
  • Make sure valuable are out of sight

While it’s not always a good idea to keep expensive belongings in a vehicle, sometimes it’s not an option. Lockboxes are the ideal solution to keeping items safe inside a car. These products will mount on the inside of a vehicle, keeping personal possessions out of sight, locked away and safe.

Prepare for a break in before it's too late.

Protect household items with a lockbox and extra security

Unfortunately, home break ins happen, so it’s important to be prepared. Thieves can ransack a property in a matter of minutes, taking everything from expensive jewelry to vehicles. Not only do they make off with any valuables, but they also take a homeowner’s peace of mind.

Every homeowner should have some sort of lockable device to keep their expensive belongings safe. Even if a criminal were to enter a home, getting a lockbox open will prove to be a challenge. Instead of getting in and out of a home in minutes, taking expensive items with them, a thief will be forced to leave empty handed, or wait to get arrested as they try to get a lockbox open.

Lock boxes are also the ideal storage solution for a gun. Whether a homeowner wants to keep a weapon out of the hands of their children or they don’t want a thief finding it, a lockbox is ideal in ensuring everyone stays safe. And if someone needs to quickly access the gun in their lockbox, certain products feature keyless entry, allowing owners to get their hands on it in a matter of moments.

Other ways to keep items safe
Aside from having a safe or a lockbox, there are a number of things homeowners can do to make theft more difficult for criminals.

First and foremost, it’s essential to discourage  thieves from breaking into a home. There are a variety of solutions homeowners can take advantage of. For example, getting a guard dog or adding an alarm system can be just enough to get a burglar to move on from a home.

Aside from a little added security, however, homeowners should always make sure to follow some basic steps to avoiding, or at least minimizing, the damage caused by a break in. Here’s a list of guidelines to follow:

  • Keep all entrances to a home closed and locked, including doors, windows or pet entrances.
  • Secure sliding doors and windows with a metal rod
  • Get a peephole for a front door
  • Get insurance for expensive household items
  • Create an inventory list of all the belongings in a home

A break in can be a traumatic event for a family, so it’s important to take precautions to avoid it at all costs. It only takes one incident for a homeowner to lose their peace of mind, so the best bet to avoiding a break in is to take preventative measures now.