Winter Vehicle Safety Tips

Winter often leads to high crime rates, as more people are willing to leave a vehicle running or start a vehicle in the driveway in order to warm up the car before heading out. Criminals that operate by chance, commonly known as opportunistic criminals, grab opportunities such as this to steal vehicles, including any and all personal belongings inside. There have even been cases where children or pets are stolen accidentally—and sometimes on purpose—when they are left inside a running vehicle.

So how can you avoid this problem? Here are a few easy tips for keeping your vehicle safe during the winter months:

  1. Avoid the impulse to turn on the vehicle before you are ready to leave in order to let it warm up, especially if you are in a high crime neighborhood, unless your car is in a closed garage. Take a coat or blanket in order to keep warm, but sit inside the car if possible while it warms. if you have no alternative, warm up the car while watching from a window for thieves or suspicious persons.
  2. It is always a good idea to have a few things in your trunk or backseat in case of problems with the vehicle on icy roads. If you have an accident, you will need a few items until help can get there, and these would also come in handy if the snow becomes too deep or the road too icy to drive. These include: blanket, flashlight, gallon of clean drinking water, non-perishable food items, emergency road flares, and a laminated document listing allergies or medical conditions, including the medicines you take daily, for emergency reference. Keep this in a safe place, such as your glove box, but make those you love aware of its’ location.
  3. Plan extra time to arrive at your destination when you know that the weather is snowy or icy. When you are in a rush, you may make decisions that lead to horrible outcomes, such as your car being stolen. You cannot plan for everything, and sometimes bad things happen even with the best of planning, but you can do your part to help keep your property safe.
  4. Keep your keys with you at all times! Whether you are running in for a quick stop or just dropping something off, turn off the vehicle and take your keys with you. Lock the doors if it will be more than 30 seconds! Do not make it any easier for potential criminals than you have to, and by locking the doors you make it that much more difficult for your vehicle to be stolen.

If you or someone you love is facing charges such as Grand Theft Auto, it is essential that you allow someone to fight for your rights! We are licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia, and offer more than twenty years of combined experience in a wide variety of practice areas. Do not wait until you are facing a lengthy prison term to get the help you need!


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Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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