Jan. 27, 1964: Visitors with out-of-state tags warned about thieves
No one with a stake in Florida’s tourism marketplace likes to dwell on it, but sometimes guests are targeted by thieves. The Miami News emphasized this point with a caveat to people driving cars with out-of-state tags. The previous year, thieves looted 1,564 cars in Dade County and stole $188,502 of loot. Only 157 of the cases were solved, and $5,882 of the loot was ever recovered. It is said, that one thief even kept a nice Miami Beach apartment from the money he earned looting cars, the paper said. The Miami Police Department’s chief detective warned motorists with out-of-state tags to lock their cars when they go to the beach and don’t bring any valuables along. Read the story in the Miami News: Invitation To Steal: Out-Of-Town Tags
Follow these simple safety tips to avoid becoming a victim of theft.
- Avoid leaving any valuables visible inside your car.
- If you must keep valuables in your car, secure them in either the trunk or glove compartment.
- If allowed, back your car in when parking so that your out-of-state plate is not immediately visible.