Holiday Shoppers Are Vulnerable To Parking Lot Theft -- Protect Yourself This Season

Holiday Shoppers Are Vulnerable To Parking Lot Theft -- Protect Yourself This

PR Newswire

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 30, 2012

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2012 holiday shopping
season in full swing, many shoppers will find themselves spending time alone
in parking lots and garages. This is also the season when thieves tend to
become more active, targeting shoppers who are carrying more cash and
presents. With this in mind, The Hanover Insurance Group offers tips to help
prevent holiday shoppers from becoming victims of theft. 

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"We want to believe the holidays are filled with kindness, peace and joy, but
there are people out there haunting parking lots in hopes of taking advantage
of the season," said Mark Desrochers, president, personal lines at The

"Because a car break-in can be traumatic and leave you feeling vulnerable, and
also bring with it car repair and replacement costs, we thought it was
important to remind shoppers to be prepared before you hit the stores. We want
to help to ensure you can enjoy the spirit of the holiday, without it being
tainted by theft."

To be safer in parking lots and garages during the holidays and year-around,
The Hanover recommends the following tips:

  oChoose Your Spot Carefully -- Do not park close to bushes, trees, walls,
    large vehicles, or any other obstruction that may provide a cover for
    criminals. At night, park in well-lit areas, ideally where others are
    coming and going.
  oKeep Your Valuables Out of Site -- Hide or remove anything valuable from
    the vehicle. Tablets, laptops, smart phones and navigational systems are
    popular targets for car burglars. They are easy to steal and conceal. If
    possible, leave them at home -- or at least -- hide them out of sight. If
    you accumulate shopping bags during the trip, store them in a locked
  oLock-up -- All doors should be locked and all windows should be shut
    tight. Don't forget to lock the trunk if it doesn't lock automatically
    when you lock your doors. When returning to your vehicle, lock your doors
    immediately upon entering.
  oUse Alarms -- Set your car alarm before leaving your vehicle. If you do
    not have one, consider having one installed. Alarm stickers and decals are
    great visible deterrents. Others include steering-wheel locks and
    brake-pedal locks. Even carrying simple items like a whistle, can be
    helpful to draw attention and ward off thieves.
  oBe Alert -- Always be aware of your surroundings, when parking and
    returning to your vehicle. Keep your keys in hand when returning so you
    can enter your vehicle quickly. It is always a good idea to check your
    back seat before entering your vehicle to be sure no one hiding inside.

Holiday shopping should be fun and by following these tips, it can also be

About The Hanover
Founded in 1852, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) is proud to be
celebrating 160 years of delivering on its promises to its agent partners and
their customers. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty
products and services to businesses, individuals, and families through a
select group of agents and brokers, and is ranked among the top 25 property
and casualty companies in the United States.

Based in Worcester, Mass., The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding
company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company,
also based in Worcester, Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered
in Howell, Michigan, Chaucer Holdings PLC, based in London, and their
affiliates. Through Chaucer, the company underwrites business at Lloyd's of
London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes, including property,
marine and aviation, energy, U.K. motor and casualty. For more information,
please visit

Amy Banek
Media Relations
(508) 855-4486

SOURCE The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

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