Protect yourself from vehicle theft/scams

Protect yourself from vehicle theft/scams

NEGAUNEE — According to the Michigan State Police – Lansing Post; a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds throughout the country. Nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or the keys were left in the ignition.

With that in mind, members from the Michigan State Police would like to pass along some tips. On top of locking your doors and removing valuables from your vehicle, it’s important to be aware of potential scams when purchasing a car from an individual online. The best way to avoid this is to meet at the Secretary of State to make sure you have a title to the car.

“We have so many people that call the state police post saying that they don’t have a title,” said Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Stacey Rasanen, “and that they’ve purchased a vehicle and given people cash money and they’re unable to switch the title over at the Secretary of State. So please take the time to actually get the title and have it switched over to the person that actually is going to own the vehicle.”

For more information on automobile theft prevention click here.